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||©L. LXXXJI. No. 12 



NEW YORK CITY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1926 



64 PAGES 



LONDON HOUSES MAY CLOSE 



KW NIGHT LIFE' NEH SEASON; 
CHEAPER AND DECORUM BEST BET 



Properly Conducted Restaurants Eventually Out- 
drawing Rip-Rarin' Horde of Night Clubs — Too 
Many Have Spoiled Profitable Business 



,< A tow "night life" via the hotels 

If predicted for next season. With 

Iks StvYtrlnff of the much too many 

might slabs and possible I a. m 

SOrfew edict the cabaret men admit 

ta* Influx of the many night clubs 

ftps hti the business no good. But 

a tore few In the strictly night club 
ctess are making money. The out- 
ef-towners and the natives only 
eta* for exhibition purposes, either 
af exhibits or audience as the case 
. a*y be, with the tabloid newspaper 
bnb coloring matters with exagger- 
ated reports of fisticuff encounters, 
innuendo t'd-bits of scandal, etc., so 
that this has come to figure as an 
attraction, with the hope of an un- 
expected fight and an unlooked for 
tkrfll. Straight restaurants alone or 
to hotels with a moderate after-the- 
atre cafe tinge have done well. That 
]• the whyfoi- of the prediction that 
*• hotels will create a new night 
«• this fall and winter. 

The moderate $1 couvert charges. 
t» selling/ sane deportment of all 
•oncerned. reasonable food scale, 
■wderate 50 cent charges for water 
*» against the night clubs' |2 gyp, 
«tc., are beginning to figure impor- 
tantly. 

The overhead weekly expense of 
■"J Present night club, scaled with 

ti .** or 15,000 attraction, plus a 
•1.200 to $1,500 band, also rent, etc., 
«ake the exorbitant night c'.ub scale 
* necessity. 
That's why even sometimes the 
of Intentions are broken on the 
*»uor Beliing end. The rent is also 
« W aa the landlord wants to get a 

somewhere and before the 
Padlock. 



SWANS0N DIRECTING 
FINAL F. P. PICTURE 



Series of Illnesses Places 
Megaphone in Her Hands — 
Offers to Purchase Script 



"Mo" Not Satisfactory, 
When Made, to Hays 

tW^"!! 5 ,™ s ay the Hays organlza- 
■ will either order radical changes 
J*oar the Cecil B. DeMille produc- 
ts , of w "Gigolo" from tho screen. 

Tk ■ cheJu,e d for early release. 
*ou!! WOnl "^^olo" refers to a 
Won™ man befrIpr, ded by an older 
throuK The thcme ia to run 

Ud„ the Picture, which has Rod 
«*«ocque a arred. 

hae hS° U8h the Hays organization 
Proda^* many pIays from screen 
*ould the barrln B of "Olerolo" 

*here , mark tho flr »t instance 
to . fl , 1 had refused the screens 

own mftr " e by a mft n» l »«>r of *ts 

featur^* 11 ' 2 ^ 11011, aH tno D *Mllle 
ur «a release trough P. D. C. 



Gloria Swanson is the director of 
her own and final picture for Fa- 
mous Flayers, "Fine Manners." Top- 
ping the additional work, Miss 
Swanson is reported scanning the 
script and proffering suggestions 
also on the continuity. 

Shouting through the megaphone 

is giving the star's voice a strident 

tone, say those who have listened 
in on Miss Swanson's double duty. 

Her directorial adjunct came 
through a series of illnesses with 
the directors assigned to the new 
picture. Frank Tuttle first held the 
berth. Upon his sudden illness 
I^ewis Milestone stepped in and also 
was taken ill. He was followed by 
David Rosson. another sick-room 
candidate shortly ar'er starting. 

Since it became known that Miss 
Swanson intended to associate with 
United Artists for future pictures 
her Famous Players output has not 
enthused audiences or exhibitors. 
Miss Swanson's latest finished F. P. 
film, "The Untamed Lady," has been 
held up solely l>y her personal popu- 
larity on the screen. 

Miss Swanson is said to have of- 
fered to purchase the "Fine Matters" 
story from F. P. or the picture, but 
nor oiTer wa.s declined. 



Spanish Troupe Imported ; 
Will Tour U. S. in Rep 

Walter O. Lindsay is Importing 
the Princes* Players. Spanish legit 
troupe from the Princess, Madrid, 
for an American tour in a repertoire 
of Spanish plays. Mario Guerrara 
and Fernando Dia.7. Mendaza heads 
tho company. 

The company opens at the Man- 
hattan opera house. New York. May 
17 for a ilnirle week, with a tour of 
principal cities to follow. The troupe 
is up in seven plays and will change 
bills at each performance. 

Listed among the repertoire i. 1 * 
"La Malquerada" previously done In 
legit by Nance O Xeill under title of 
"The passion Flower." 



WEST END MGRS 
MEET AND TALK 
OF 




Salaries of Actors Would Be 
Saved by Official Closing 
of Theatres During Strike 
— Too Early to Predict 
Effect Upon Show Busi- 
ness If It Continues— 
Picture House Receipts 
Ghastly Monday Night in 
London — New York Ship- 
ping Men Assert Great 
Britain May Ban Foreign- 
ers From Entering Coun- 
try if Strike Prolonged 



ONLY ONE NON-COMMERCIAL 
RADIO STATION LEFT IN N. Y. C. 



Commercial Broadcasting Big Thing of Future, and 
Will Work to Advantage of Stage Talent — 
National Advertisers Buy Summer "Time" 



LONDON'S "BUYS" 



London, May 4. 
Last night (Monday) the theatres 
felt the first Impulse of the general 
strike which called out R, 000, 000 
workers and directly nffects 20,000.- 
000 people, more or leas, or their 
families. 

With the hour set at midnight 
for the general walkout and the 
country concerned about little else, 
a meeting of West End managers 
was called. Its outcorr* will prob- 
ably be to urge the Government to 
order the closing of theatres. In 
that event the managers will not 
be obligated for salaries. 

It ia too early at this time to pre- 
dict what may happen as regards 
the theatres here through the strike. 

If the Government and the Labor 
factions do not soon reach on agree- 
ment there is every possibility that 
all establishments housing enter- 
tainment will elose. 

Ghastly Receipts 

On the eve of the strike last 
night, loeal film theatre receipts 
were ghastly. I^git houses pos- 
sessed of advance bookings did well 
enough but those theatres not ho 
fortunately situated fared poorly. 

Apprehension that the strike will 
deaJ a heavy blow to tho theatres 

(Continued on page 3) 



Millions for Films 



'BLACK AND TAN' DRIVE 
URGED BY JUSTICES 



One Harlem Dance Hall Keeper 
Sent Away for 3 Months 
— Races Intermingle 



The catering of colored cabarets 

to white patrons must be stopped, 

and the only way to do so Is to send 

the managers of such places to Jail 

If convicted of an offense In the 

conduct of such places. This was 
the ultimatum handed down by the 
justices of Special Sessions when 
they sentenced Hiram Williams of 
30S West 136th street, manager of 
the Sea Gull Inn at 26 West 133d 
street, to three months In the work- 
house. Williams had been convicted 
of operating a dance hall without a 
license. 

The conviction and sentence are 
the start of a drive against "black 
and tan" places operating in large 
numbers In Harlem. According to 
reports of probation officers, Will- 
iams' plane was only one of a num- 
ber where whlto persons Intermin- 
gled and danced with blacks. 

Williams was arrested In January, 
when officers of the Special Squad 
visited the place and found several 
couples dancing on a small floor In 
the rear of th« cafe. They said 
Williams admitted conducting the 

(Continued on page 35) 



Los Angeles. May 4. 
Famous Players-I^asky will 
spend $21', 000. 000 for pictures 
the coming year, with 70 per 
cent, used for West Coast pro- 
ductions. 



Mrs. Carter Depressed 

Chicago, May 4. 
Mrs. Leslie Carter en route to 
her home In San Francisco stopped 
ia Chicago last week and was 
(juoted as saying that she felt she 
was Koing to die. 

Commenting on the modern the- 
atre Mrs. Carter said: "There's 
nothing to the stage any more, 
nothing but dollars and cents — no 
real acting. The real talent be- 
longed to the old days. I shall never 
appear on the st.-ige again." 



Radio broadcasting In New Tork 
has developed to the extent tnat 
tnere Is only one non- commercial 
broadcasting station In the metro- 
politan district This la WAHG. 
operated by A. H. Grebe A Son, 
Richmond Hill, L. I., manufacturers 
of the Grebe radio products which 
in Itself Is a commercial proposi- 
tion. All the other stations chargs 
for 'time" at one time or another In 
the course of the week. 

Commercial radio broadcasting 
will be a big thing of the near fu- 
ture for the show business. There- 
in lies the performer's salvation for 
remuneration for his efforts. 

Its value has been proven as re- 
gards stimulating sales. One bat- 
tery company In the midwest, 
through the medlur.. of a team of 
male entertainers routed through- 
out the country, states it has 
trebled Its business since "Interested 
in broadcasting and now Is work- 
ing a 24-hour* shift with 800 em- 
ployes In each shift. 

Radio circulation through the 
medium of a 14-station hook-up 
like WEAF reaches a vast number 
of people as was pointed out before 
in Variety's estimate of 20,000,000 
people which the broadcasters them- 
selves have since stated Ih conserv- 
ative. Thin is also used as a salos 
argument In selling ' time." Com- 
pared to the "Saturday Evening 
l'ost" with its 2, TOO, 000 circulation, 
the expenditure is nominal for a 
national advertiser which pays at 
the rate of $000 per station per 
hour, but brings that down to half 
the amount of a chain hook-up and 
a yearly contract. Thus, a $4,000 

(Continued on page 3S) 



Player.' "Henry IV" 

Commencing May 31 and for a 
week at a Hroadway theatre as yet 
unselo'ted, the liayers Club will 
present an elaborately mounted 
"Henry IV." 

Preparations for the production 
are fully under way. 



Typewriters Barred on 
Trains — In Rooms Only 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Tho Pullman Company has Issued 
an order prohibiting the use of 
typewriters in sleeping and pullman 
e-ars excepting In rooms or com- 
part ments. 

A number of complaints had bssn 
made by passengers traveling la 
pullman cars, annoyed by peopls 
using machines. 



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OTHER NEW PLAYS OVER THERE 



First Entrant of Carlier's Season Fails — New French 
Musical's Trivial Story with Likable Score — 
Odeon's New Revue Entertains 



Paris, May 4. 
The French version of "No, No, 
Nanette*' la at the Mogador and 

completely satisfying. The Isola 
brothers make the production. 
Robert De Simone has arranged and 
staged with Roger Porreol and 
George Merry doing the lyrics. 

Tho cast for this American musi- 
cal Includes Felix Oudart, Loulou 
Hegoburu (In the name role), 

Cariel, Adrien Lamy, Oabrlelle Rls- 
toi i, Fernande Albany, Jeanne 
Fusler, Mile. Paule Morly and 
Carlos Conte, Perclval Mackey con- 
ducted. 

"La Mandragore" 

"La Mandragore," (referring to a 
poisonous plant) failed to make an 
Impression as the inaugural effort 
of Madeleine Carlier's season at the 
Theatre Daunou. 

This piece is a three-act comedy 
adopted by Rene Florian from the 
French translation of Hans Ewer's 
German novel. It has been scenic- 
ally brushed by Andre Boll, dealing 
with a professor who experiments 
with the birth issue of a criminal 
and a prostitute. The cast is 
headed by Maurice Lagrenee, Lugne 
Poe and Mme. Carlier, the latter 
playing dual roles. Raymond de 



Bonoour, E. Ronet, Gax, Bert and 
Schmitt are in support. 

"I Gave Myself 

Me Me Suis Donne." ("I Gave 
Myself") an Amusing musical at the 
Cigale possessed of a lively score 
but a trivial plot based on amorous 
complications. 

Louis Hillier. former music con- 
ductor at the Casino de Paris, has 
done the score In conjunction with 
J. d'Hansewlck and Gragnon having 
compiled the remaining Ingredients. 
Gaby Bolssy and Jane Montange 
are the featured players. 

"The Young Girl" 

Lugne Poe. besides appearing at 
the Theatre Daunou, Is presenting 
"La Jcune Fille de la Popote" (The 
Young Girl In the Kitchen") at the 
Malson de l'Oeuvre. Although also 
a comedy its reception was superior 
to "La Mandragore." 

The action is laid In an Indo- 
china colony to which a girl emi- 
grates to assume the position of 
housekeeper for three officials. She 
becomes the mistress of one who 
abandons her because of his career 
but she eventually finds a husband. 

The new revue at the Odeon with 
Jean Bastla and Andre Lang is en- 
tertaining although unpretentious 
entertainment, produced by Pas- 
quali. The Odeon troupe comprises 
the cast. 



MORE HEARINGS IN WASHINGTON 
ON ALL-APPROVED COPYRIGHT 



Variety Bureau, 
Washington, May 4. 

After the true purpose of the 
Vestal "All Approved" Copyright 
bill, the fullest protection for the 
author and composer, had been lost 
In a sea of testimony extending 
over a period of two solid Congres- 
sional working days, which days 
were made even more remarkable 
inasmuch as less than one hour 
was allowed for lunch a sight of 
that "all approved" proposition be- 
coming an actuality developed. 

With Congressman Sol Bloom 
(IX) of New York continuing day 
after day his cross-examination, 
which repeatedly "sunk" witness 
after witness when it was clearly 
shown that each was appearing 
solely for his own selfish interests, 
and denying the right of Congress 
to take away from them their 
rights of bargaining, the V"€9tal pro- 
posal was made with the American 
Society and those of the mechanical 
Intends pla.-lng themselves on 
record as approving the proposal 

The working agreement, as to 
m« .fhanlcal reproduction, entirely 
omitting aijy rate fixing by Con 
gross, is as follows: 

"If granted to one licensee shall 
bo gran**»d to any responsible ap 
plicant at the some rate of royalty 
under a proper and workable 
scheme assuring accurate account- 
ing for a prompt payment of royal- 
ties, with prc \ ! ion for adequate 
penalties in evor-i. of fraud." 

The hearings opened Thursday 
with the librarians and book pub- 
lishers still arguing the Importa- 
tion clauso with it being apparent 
that this would stand as written 
In the bill due to tho established 
methods of Congress when fram- 
ing legislation to create protection 
for the homo product. 

Bernard A. Koslckl, representing 
tho Department of Commerce urged 
the necessity of joining tho Berne 
Convention in order to protect the 
foreign business of the motion pic- 
ture Industry. Mr. Konlcki cov- 
ered the many cases of pirating 



American films stating that the 
only solution was In this nation's 
entrance into tho copyright union. 
It was cited that under the present 
treaty arrangements reciprocity is 
only provided for which does not 
automatically protect, only given 
the right to citizens of this country 
to seek that protection. 

The advent of L. 8. Baker to rep- 
resent the broadcasters' In the place 
of Paul B. Klugh, against whom 
Congressman Bloom had made 
charges of conducting a lobby of 
propaganda through the air, as re- 
ported in Variety last week, de- 
nied the legislator the opportunity 
to question Mr. Klugh on his ac- 
tivities. Mr. Baker came in for a 
severe cross-examination in con- 
nection with the report sent out by 
the witness covering previous 
hearings wherein it was charged 
that "the dilatory tactics of Mr. 
Bloom, who evidently is the direct 
representative of the society on the 
committee," had delayed tho "bat- 
tle at the front." 

Mr. Bloom's questions forced the 
witness to seek refuge behind the 
statement that the questions pro- 
pounded would have to be an- 
swered by his attorney. That did 
not deter the Congressman in his 
crosH-examlnation to the point of 
having Mr. Baker leave tho stand 
!n confusion. 

Speaking for Pictures 
Fuhon Brylawski, representing 
the M. P. T. O. A. (picture exhibit- 
ors) cited no new arguments for 
the theatre owners in their desire 
to get the "music tax" removed. 
The witness brought in the "poor 
widow who was put out of the 
ousincss due to the demands of the 
society" which brought the obser- 
vation ficm Mr. Bloorn that he 
thought, that "poor wi<Jow'' had 
been "dead" for a long time. The 
"poor widow" ephodo was made a 
bis issue of the h^H rings las'. ><"ir. 

Fui ;hor questioning tho witness 
the Congressm \n brought out tho 
fact that should tho 10 cent per 
seat fee b. removed from the the- 
atres that the public would not 
benefit, Mr. Brylawski replying 



that "we would use the money 
saved to buy more film." 

Another argument put forth by 
Mr. Brylawsld was In opposition 
to entrance Into the Berne Con- 
vention. It was pointed out that 
such action would throw all num- 
bers now In the public domain back 
under the control of the foreign 
copyright owners and create a sit- 
uation that might cost the exhibit- 
ors thousands of dollars In addi- 
tional royalties to the fee already 
paid the American Society. 

This caused considerable discus- 
sion with Thorvald Solberg. Regis- 
ter of Copyrights, and Arthur W. 
Well, the copyright expert of the 
Hays organization, agreeing with 
the witness. 

Finding much in the bill to criti- 
cize Mr. Solberg. as the next wit- 
ness, read into the record a lengthy 
and technical report upon *the bill 
as it compared with the Perkins' 
bill, the latter having been pre- 
pared by Mr. Solberg. The wit- 
ness condemned many features of 
the "all approved" bill which were 
later answered by Mr. Well as be- 
ing unfounded, he stating that Mr. 
Sol berg's bill had been Ideal from 
the standpoint of theory but im- 
possible of carrying out from the 
practical angle. 

The testimony of Mr. Solberg set 
forth that 16 copyright bills had 
been introduced in the last three 
years, this indicating the present 
need of copyright revision. 

The advent of the representatives 
of the mechanical companies 
brought back .the breath of life into 
the proceedings. 

The mechanical interests have 
gone on record as agreeing to t'ae 
Vestal proposal and cannot re- 
verso themselves without making it 
possible that the entire compulsory 
license clause will go out — and they 
have left the broadcasters, along 
with their endeavors to carry rate 
fixing to their enterprises, "high 
and dry.'* 



Propaganda and Slander 
Clause m DiO's Radio B01 



Variety Bureau, 
Washington, May 4. 

A propaganda and slander clause 
In being* written into the Dill radio 
control bill with the revised measure 
expected to be reintroduced today 
(Tuesday) by Senator C. C. Dill 
(D.), of Washington. 

The bill, approved by the Senate 
committee though not yet officially 
reported to the. . Senate proper. Is 
being redrafted by Senator Dill, not 
only to Include these two new 
clauses but to also Incorporate those 
provisions that have met the ap- 
proval of the committee. 

That the propaganda and slander 
clauses- are . sorely needed was 
brought out by Congressman Sol 
Bloom (D.), of New York, in his 
charges against Paul B. Klugh as 
reported in Variety last week in- 
volving "a lobby of the air" to force 
through not only the regulatory 
measure but also the Dill copy- 
right bill aiming to set the rates by 
law that the Broadcasters shall pay 
for the use of copyright music. 

During the hearings on the Vestal 
"all approved" bill before the House 
Patents Committee Congressman 
Bloom requested that Mr. Klugh ap- 
pear and answer several questions 
in reference to tiie ownership of the 
Zenith Radio Corporation of Chi- 
cago, owners °jLthe station that 
Jumped its ymvo length and 
brought on 'the "necessity" of radio 
control legislation. 

For the first time during: the three 
years of copyright hearings Mr. 
Klugh was not present during the 
sessions. 

Mr. Klugh, however, was in the 
committee room prior to the open- 
ing of the hearing. When ques- 
tioned by a Variety reporter he ad- 
mitted part ownership with Eug^e 
McDonald of the Chicago station. 



LONDON AS IT LOOKS 

By HANNEN SWAFFER 



London, April I*. 

The Manner* Return 
J. Hartley Manners has arrived quietly In England, a week before 
Lrurette Taylor, who Is still In Paris, this being their first visit to 
England since the extraordinary first-night of "One Night in Rome'* 
some six years ago, when there was a riot In the Garrlck gallery, and 
poor Laurette was so heart-broken that David Belasco knelt by her 
side In her dreeing room, whispering. "Be a g~>od soldier." 

"Loose Ends" Full of Language* 
Manners'* greatest pleasure was at hearing of the great success of Dion 
Tltheradge In "Loose Ends," which Tltheradge wrote himself, it was 
Manners who Introduced Dion Titheradge's father, George Tltheradge. a 
fine Australian actor, to the 8tates years ago; and it was his play 
"The Harp of Life," In which Dion made his last appearance in a straight 
play, this In New York In 1916, before ha Joined up. 

It was said that Helen Trlx had sold "Loose Ends" to Sam Harris 
for New York; but dealing went on. Archie Selwyn went in to see 
the play. Even his New York ears, I think, were shocked. 

The word "lousy" occurs several times. "Swine" and "liar" are 
epithets used by quite a young girl. "I'll break your bloody neck" is 
said. 

The word "prostitute" occurs once and the word "harlot" twice. 
There Is a male pervert figuring prominently, and a young woman who." 
might be anything. Oh. It is no modern I 

But, after Manners's description of two plays he has Just seen in 
New York, you may call it mild. Al Woods will be shocked to hear 
there is no bed In It. 

Sign of the Times 

I regard It as a sign of the times that I was the only critic who, the 
next day. pointed out Its Impropriety. The other critics were so used 
to It that they didn't notice, or else they were afraid. 

It is clever enough, and Dion Tltheradge, as the leading man, is good. 
But a New York expert tells me he has no sex appeal, whatever that may 
be. I should not think Queen Elizabeth had much. 



Fakir Bound for New York 

Archie Sclwyn's new shock for you Is a real live fakir, who sticks 
pins in his cheeks and a sword through his neck, a fakir called Rahman 
Bey, who can bury himself in a coffin full of sand for a quarter of an 
hour, mesmerise rabbits and chickens, read your thoughts and be oper- 
ated on without an anaesthetic. 

Tahrer Bey was going to New York last year; but he wanted $1,000 ' 
a performance. Rahman Bey, who, according to Selwyn, can stick 
many more pins in himself than Tahrer could, does not mind splitting 
the gate. 

There Is to be U special private show next Sunday week. Then, after 
two public performances in the largest hall obtainable, Rahman will 
brave Ellis Island, and even face bootleg whisky with a smile. 



Noel Coward Takes a Holiday 

Noel Coward has gone away to Italy for a holiday, which means, 1 
suppose, that he will write two new plays on the train. The last newa r; 
he gave me was that Jane Cowl was to. come to London, to open In , 
"Easy Virtue" June 8. If she succeeds — which, of course, she will — ao» 
will probably do "Smllln* Through" and also try her hand as Juliet. 

I was privileged to see Miss Cowl's brilliant acting In "Within the 
Law" in New York In 1912. I hasten, before she sails, to extend td her 
a heavy welcome on behalf of all my colleagues. 



The Club of the Bright Young Things 

A certain section of the London stage feels greatly hurt because 
the Fifty-Flfty Club has been prosecuted and heavily fined. Ivor 
Novello, the founder, now finds himself responsible for a 20-years lease 
at £C50 a year. Actors and actresses have been holding committee 
meetings for days, and wearing longer faces every hour. 

Why this club was fixed upon for a prosecution when, so far as 
the sale of drink goes, other clubs were more guilty, many people find 
It hard to understand; hut the truth Is that, rightly or wrongly, the 
police were determined to put an end to this ciub. There is a certain 
type of young person on the stage, nowadays, for whom they did not 

(Continued on page 35) 



PICCADILLY HOTEL and THE KIT-CAT CLUB 

FIRST-CLASS FLOOR ACTS WANTED 



sVprfeMatattre 

A. J. CLARKE 

Ml Strand Theatre Bids* 
1M5 Broadway. N. T. 



Sole American Booking- Agent 

WM. MORRIS 

1500 Broadway 
New Turk 



Chicago, May 4. 
The Zenith Radio Corporation was 
Incorporated In 1921 with K. F. Mc- 
Donald, Jr., T. M. Fletcher, presi- 
dent of the Q. R. 8. music roll com- 
pany; J. R. Cardwell. Irvlnt; S. Al- 
!*»n and U. J. Herman, owner of 
the Cort theatre and now head of 
W. H. T., as the Incorporators and 
officials. 

A request by phone to the new 
Zenith company offices fpr Paul B. 
Klugh was answered by the Secre- 
tary of the Broadcasters' Associa- 
tion. He declined to disclose his 
official connection with the Zenith 
company. 



Women Not for Censors 



Washington, May 4. 

The advocates of federal censor- 
ship of pictures got another set 
l>ack when the three feminine mem- 
bers of Congress. Mrs. Florence P. 
Kahn (R ), of California; Mrs. 
Edith Nourso Rogers (R.), of 
Massachusetts, and Mrs. Mary T. 
Norton (D.), of New Jersey, went 
on record as opposing any such 
move on the part of the Federal 
Government. 

Mrs. Kahn, a member of the 
Committee on Education, which 
committee 1s holding the hearings 
on the Upshaw and Swoope bills; 
declared that censorship was a duty 
of the parents and not of the state. 
Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Norton voiced 
the same conclusion. 

During the hearing last week the 
"Movie Trust," as Canon Chase 
said, had even gotten to the the 
President by misrepresenting the 
Upshaw bill with the result that the 
Chief Executive had disapproved 
the Idea of Federal censorship. 

However, this attempt for "fire- 
works" on the part of the Canon 
was defeated, for practically the en- 
tire committee voiced Its objections 
to the charge, while Congressman 
Fenn (R.) of Connecticut, stated 
that the President did not make of- 
ficial statements without careful 
thought entirely free from outside 
influences. 

Abondoning this line of attack 
Canon Chase then attempted to 
sustain the charge of a "movie 
trust," also declared out of order. 

The balance of this time allotted 
in rebuttal was utilised by the wit- 
ness In reading Into the record affl 
davits, editorials, etc., in defense of 
Harry Durante, responsible for the 
Connecticut cesnorshlp law, in re 



ply to the charges made against Mr. 
Durante by Charles C. Pettljohn, 
general counsel of the Hays organ* 
ization, in previous testimony. 

Just prior to adjournment of thai 
session Mr. Pettljohn stated to the 
committee that Mr. Durante had 
threatened to sue him for these 
same remarks, whereupon the wit- 
ness reiterated the same charge. 

Preceding the Canon Chase testi- 
mony Mr. Pettljohn stated that the 
proposed commission could not 
possibly function as outlined, as It 
would be necessary to review daily 
25 miles of features films alone. 



KANSAS TAX BILL 

Kansas City, Kan., May 4. 
The next state legislature of Kan- 
sas will be asked to pass a bin 
placing a tax on tobacco, cosmetics, 
theatrical and other commercial en- 
tertainments for the purpose of 
raising school funds. 

The bill is backed by the legii- 
latlve committee of the Kansaf 
State Teachers' Association. Tan- 
gible property cannot bear a heavier 
burden, so the committee suggest* 
a luxury tax. 



Est. 



1198 



WILLIAM MORRIS 

AGKN7T. lae. 
WM. MORRIS ITO. MOBBIS. 

1560 Broadway, New York 



THE TILLER SCHOOLS 
OF DANCING 

148 Charing Cross Road 
LONDON 

Director! Mrs. John Tiller. 



Wednesd ay. May 0, 1*28 



All ROGERS DEMANDS KING 
AND $3,750 FOR LONDON CABARET 



jletropole's Management Says Can't Guarantee King 
land Will Give Humorist $1,250 — English Cabaret 
Managers Meet to Talk Over High Salaries 



London, May 4. 
^reaentatlves of Ave cabarets, 
JK|n7th« Midnight Follies. Pic 
2m|y (hotel), Cavour, Cafe de 
Ttrts and Prince's have been hold- 
I* meetings to avoid competition 
Tfr American cafe artists as a 
JJJlt of bidding having inflated 

*jf*ir the consensus of opinion 

iJtog loc* 1 c aDftret men tnat So " 
tH* Tucker has been the only 
JSiy paid performer to justify 
fc? price here. 

Will Rogers has offered to play 
♦ki Metropolo Follies at $3,750 
«iekhr on the condition that the 
{lag come to see him. Clifford 
Whitley, representing the Meiro- 
management, replied that the 
Klaf never frequents cabarets and 
tlfered $1,250 for the American hu- 

Another item concerning the 
cabaret men Is the Paul Whlteman 
Orchestra not Justifying the Kit 
Cat engagement where supper 
prtoaa were raised but have sub- 
■eotttnUy been returned to the 
fe«*r scale. The band was a great 
meets* at Albert Hall and is a 
tremendous attraction at the Tlv- 
•Ut although a shortage of draw- 
ing power cropped up in some 
provincial towns while the Kit Cat 
(eaharet) condition is somewhat 
attributable to the size of the room 
with the band consequently sound- 
ing noisy. 

The Kit Cat has paid American 
performers nearly $200,000 In the 
put year and the Ministry of La- 
bor recently told Sir Francis Towle. 
managing director of the Motro- 
pofti and Gordon hotels. It was 
viewing with concern the large 
rams leaving England In this man- 
ner because of the issuing of pass- 
port*. This point was especially 
emphasised through the few sala- 
ries earned by cabaret artists sub- 
ject to this country's Income tax. 

Aliens are not taxed here unless 
a* tlx months' residence has been 
established. 



'WORKING UP INTEREST 
IN FOREIGN FAKIRS 



Two in London Pitted Against 
Each Other— Censor Stops 
Tahra Bey in Public 



Critio Reinstated 

London, May 4. 

The order barring Griffith, critic 
tor the "Evening Standard," from 
the Globe theatre, has been re 
ecinded by Anthony Prlnseps. 

The "disciplining" was instituted 
because of Griffith having written 
a depreciating review on Margarot 
Bannerman. 



INDEX 

Miscellaneous 1 

Foreign 2-3 

Pictures 4-21 

Picture Reviews 18-20-21 

Picture Presentations.... 24 

Film House Reviews 23-24 

Vaudevi}?* 25-34 

VaudevilU Reviews 22-23 

New Acta 22 

d:ii •••••••••••••• — — 

_ "^leecjue 38 

•ports 38 

Times 8quar« \\„ 39 

Women'. Page 40 

Nowa from the Dailies... 38 

Editorials . 41 

•terati .. 17 

Intimate 42-47 

Legitimate Reviews 45 

m. . • 48 

Mu *>0 . . . 4A.4Q 

, '••••••••«•••••••• iTV T» 

Wants 49 

Cabaret Bill. 49 

Xl!* c,00r « 60-53 

Obituary 54 

Correspondence .*!.*!!!!!! 56 

Letter List 63 

lne.de Stuff— Pictures.... 16-34 
* 44 —Legitimate. 41 
m u —Vaudeville. 29 
— Outdoors 61 



FOREIGN 



Back on Same Boat 



VARIETY 



London, May 4. 
Richard Ilardmun of Shapiro, 
Bernstein & Co., New York 
music publishers, arriving hero 
April 30 on the "Majestic," re- 
turned totlny on the same boat. 



LONDON CLOSING DOWN? 



(Continued from 



I) 



London, May 4. 
The competition of fakirs between 
Archie Selwyn and A. E. Abrahums 
permitted of developments here 
when the Lord Chamberlain barred 
Abrahams' disciple, Tahra Bey, 
from public performances after his 
initial demonstration. Meanwhile 
Selwyn's charge, Rahman Bey, had 
flown across the Channel from Paris 
for a special showing. 

Selwyn had announced a private 
show by Rahman Bey for Sunday 
(May 2). Abrahams hastily requi- 
sitioned Tahra Bey for a special 
session at the Scala last Wednesday 
(April 28). This action brought 
about Selwyn's command that Rah- 
man fly here from Paris to stage 
his magic for the press at the Savoy 
Hotel one night ahead of his op- 
position, or Tuesday (April 27). 

It was after Tahra's demonstra- 
tion that the censor sapped in 
whereupon Rahrnan's first official 
showing took place before a dis- 
tinguished audience, comprising 
royalty, physicians and a large rep- 
resentation from the London Coun- 
ty Council, took place at the Little 
theatre. 

Both fakirs work along the same 
lines with little to choose between 
them. Rahman la probably the 
quicker at mind reading. The main 
triek of each Is a "buried alive" 
episode. 

The local dailies have refused to 
become excited about either one of 
the Egyptians, but America will 
probably enthuse sufficiently to 
warrant both succeeing on your 
side 



British Press Is Skeptical 
Over America's War Film 

London, May 4. 

The British press is waiting with 
keen Interest for the opening of 
"The Big Parade" at the Tlvoli, ex- 
pecting American propaganda and 
"we won the war" titles. 

John Powers, here with the film, 
assures everybody there is nothing 
objectionable to England In the pic- 
ture, but the newspapermen are 
skeptical. 

Openings in Paris 

Paris. May 4. 

Elsie J.~iis enjoyed a most suc- 
cessful opening at the Champs 
Elysees (vaudeville) and will be 
that theatre's feature attraction for 
two weeks. 

Francis Wood and Violette are 
featured at the Apollo while Harry 
White and Manny are due to open 
very soon. 

Woodward's Mule has Joined the 
revue at the Palace. 



was the sense of cablegrams flying 
back and forth yesterday. One new 
American production which may 
weather the strife la "Lady, Be 
Good." It has a buy from the 
libraries for 12 weeks amounting to 
about $150,000. Prior to opening 
Lloyds offered to insure this musi- 
cal against loss at a cost of approxi- 
mately $750 weekly, but as the time 
for the strike approached the pre- 
mium was Increased. The show has 
been drawing $22,000 weekly. 

It is assumed that the libraries 
(ticket agencies) can be held by the 
managers to a buy if already taken 
and the big corporations temporar- 
ily housing their employes In 
office buildings because of lack of 
transport facilities should make 
theatre patronage. 

Another meeting of the managers 
is to be held today when a decision 
in general may be reached. If not, 
another meeting will be held to- 
night 

Picture house and cabaret man- 
agements are remaining open for 
the present although they say that 
tonight's attendance will have a 
large influence upon their immediate 
action. 

"Intimate Enemies,* scheduled to 
open tonight at the Savoy has been 
indefinitely postponed. 

The Adelphl. Winter Garden. 
Shaftesbury, Apollo, His Majesty's 
and St. Martin's are quite likely to 
close at once. They are legit 
theatres and if closing will act in 
dependently of the managers' meet 
lng, although represented at it 

Another angle to the strike is that 
It has driven all the Americans 
here to the Continent. Hotels have 
suddenly become depleted. 

New York's Opinion 
In New York shipping circles yes- 
terday (Tuesday) the opinion was 
advanced to a Variety reporter 
seeking Information concerning the 
tourist trade abroad (with many 
professionals booked for going 
across for pleasure) that if the 
British strike is prolonged Great 
Britain may edict against non-resi- 
dents entering the country. 

It was also stated that sailing 
reservations are being accepted in 
New York, conditionally, for Eng- 
lish boats. 

The New York dailies yesterday 
touching upon the sailing question 
during the strike and to its early 
state, reported that while the Eng- 
lish boats at present la the port of 
New York would make the return 
trip, through contracted English 
crews for a round trip voyage, there 
was no certainly as to the action of 
the crews when reaching their 
English destination. 

The same applied to the English 
flag flying passenger ships on the 
water bound for New York, they 
said. 



COCHRAN'S NEW REVUE, LONDON, 
ENTITLED TO BE TERMED "SMASH" 



Can Come to New York "As Is" with Low Comedian 
Added— "Ringer," New, Hit Drama— "Doctor 
, Knock," Comedy, Won't Do 



JACK HYLTON AGAIN 
IN WRONG" IN LONDON 



London. May 4. 
The booking arrangement where- 
by Ted Lewis will appear at the Kit 
Cat Club at the head of a Jack 
Hylton band, Instead of his own, 
has been confirmed by cable with 
Hylton agreeing to furnish the band. 
It is now alleged that Hylton wrote 
the authorities protesting against 
Lewis and upon hearing of it the 
Kit Cat management severed all 
future business relations with Hyl- 
ton 

Hylton has been reported booked 
for America on several occasions 
but he has hesitated to cross be- 
cause of the controversy with Paul 
Specht which occurred two years 
ago. The English band leader is 
now reported to be engaged for an 
appearance in the States during 
September, but it is doubtful if he 
will sail.. 



Marion Davks 9 Film Boy 
Resembles Prince of Wales 



London, May 4. 

"Beverly of Graustark" has been 
approved by exhibitors after a trade 
showing, with the characterization 
of Marion Davles declared to re- 
semole the Prince of Wales. 

It is likely that the picture will 
follow "The Big Parade" into the 
Tivoli. 



Allen Asks $2,000 for 
Carleton's 'Tangerine^ 



London, May 4. 

Lester Allen, American comedian, 
has asked Carle Carleton $2,000 
weekly to appear in Carleton's Lon- 
don production of "Tangerine." The 
engagement has not been closed. 

Carleton says ho will put "Tan- 
gerine- on here in association with 
William Gaunt The New York 
manager also states that he has the 
English speaking rights to "The 
Spanish Nightingale," current in 
Vienna. 



Douglas-Gerard Engagement 

London, May 4. 
A reported engagement of Tom 
Douglas to Teddle Gerard, both 
Americans, and here at present, 
does not appear to have impressed 
the show folks. 




Tiller Head Coming Over 

London, May 4. 
Mary Read, head of the New 
York Tiller school, sailed from here 
May 1 on the "BerenK-aria." 



THE TILLER DANCING SCHOOLS 



AMERICANS ABROAD 

In Paris — Vladimir Shaviteh, con. 
ductor of Syracuse Sym phone con- 
certs; Mr. and Mrs. Rollln A- Mc- 
Grady; Miss Marguerite Morgan, 
pianist; Evelyn Hagara, opera 
singer; Donald Adams (president. 
International Rotary Clubs); Frank 
Alvah Parson j (N. T. Academy of 
Art); Laurette Taylor, Elsie J an la. 
Mrs. Irving Cobb, Arthur Train, 
Bud Fisher, Ernest Schelling 
(pianist), Mrs. Eva Gauthler (sing- 
er). Edward J. Holms* (Boston 
Fine Arts museum); Thos. D. Green, 
Hal Thompson, Harry J- Hark Ins, 
Samuel P. Loeds. David BL Mulli- 
gan (leaders of the American ho- 
tel delegates in Boxope); Gypsy 
Rhouma-Je, dancer; J. Hartley 
Manners. 



Grossmith's New Corp. 

London. May 4. 

At the conclusion of his director- 
ship in Grossmlth and Malone next 
June, Goorg© Grossmlth will become 
managing director of Casino Thea- 
tres, Ltd., which will have a capital 
of $1,000,000. 

The purpose is to erect a large 
theatre on the Meuz brewery site 
which faces the Oxford. 



London, May 4. 
A new revue, comedy and melo- 
drama are now in. Of the three 
the comedy is the box office weak- 
ling. 

Charles B. Cochran's new revue 
at the Pavilion looks good enough 
to be listed under a "smash" classi- 
fication, while "The Ringer," the 
"meller" at Wyndham's, was 
wildly acclaimed. "Doctor Knock," 
the odd member of this threesome, 
will have Its troubles at the 
Royalty. 

Announced as Cochran's final re- 
vue the latest extravaganza of this 
producer is responsible for the most 
artistic spectnele ever shown here 
in which the dancing of the 
versatile Spinelll, making her first 
appearance in London, was sensa- 
tional. Others dancers to em- 
phatically score, were Cortex and 
Peggy and Hamilton and and 
Bradford, all Americans. 

For New York the revue would 
only need a low comedian as con- 
trast to the general tone of the 
performance. Outside of that it 
could be exported "as is." Ronald 
Jeans Is responsible for the book 
with Con West and Laurie Wylle 
having contributed additional scenes. 
The major portion of the music is 
credited to Pat Thayer and Slssle 
and Blake with the settings and 
costuming having been done by 
William Nicholson and Elisabeth 
Drury, Doris Zinkcison, Paul and 
Germar Arnoux und Andre BolL 

The company of 80 also Includes 
Hermione Baddcley, Annie Croft 
(who replaced Elizabeth Hlnes) 
Joan Clarkaon, Greta Fayne, Lance 
Lister, Douglas Byng, Ernest 
Theslger, Basil Howe, Masslne, 
Vera Nemtchinova (Russian Ballet) 
and Laurie Devine. 

A sidelight on this opening was 
the attendance of Hannen Swaffer 
after Cochran had declared that the 
man whom Lord Northcllffe called 
"the poet" would never go a* his 
guest, and Swaffer reiterated by 
saying that he would never again 
enter a Cochran theatre. 

Drama Gets Over 
Edgar Wallace, novelist, is the 
author of "The Ringer," an absorb- 
ing melodrama. Blessed with a 
generally brilliant cast the first 
performance was more than enthusi- 
astically received. 

Amusing But Slim 
The doubtful plight of "Doctor 
Knock" is attributable to this 
French adaptation being of Insuf- 
ficient strength to fulfill the obliga- 
tions of a full evening's entertain- 
ment albeit an amusing satire. 
Granville Barker made the transla- 
tion of this Jules Romaln comedy. 

Dennis Eadle returns to the West 
End in the title role supported by 
Minnie Rayner, Ivor Barnard, Cllve 
Currie, Margaret Emden, Helena 
Plckard, Barbara Gotl, Lawrence 
Hauray and Annie Esmond. 



Agate, Critic, Barred 

London, May 4. 
James Agate, critic of the "Sun- 
day Times," was barred from 
Wyndham's upon the premiere there 
of "The Ringer." 

"Riki Tiki" Closed 

London, May 4. 
"Riki Tiki" closed suddenly at 
the Gaiety Saturday (May 1) after 
but a fortnight's stay. 



Russian Ballet June 7 

London, May 4. 
Tho Russian ballet comes into 
His Majesty's June 7 and the Mo- 
zart play follows. 



SAILINGS 

May 15 (New York to Boulogne), 
Little I^ord Roberts (Vollendam). 

May 12 (From Now York to Lon- 
don) Six English Tivoli Girls (Ber- 
engarla). 

May 8 (New York to London), 
Elsie Bartlett (Olympic). 

May 5 (New York to London) 
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Malevlnsky 
(Aquitanla). 

May t (New York to London), 
Allen White (Acqultanla). 

May 5 (New York to Cherbourg), 
Jules AuflHenberg, Frederick Ander- 
son (Aquitanla). 



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OF AMERICA, Inc. 

226 West 72d Street 
NEW YORK 



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MART READ 
Secretary 



PICTURES IN FRONT 



With this issus snd continuing hereafter the Moving Picture 
Section of Variety will be placed first in the paper, starting with 
Page 4 and following the Foreign pages, 2-3. 

In general layout the Pictura Department will be the same as 

formerly. . . ^ 

Other than the vaudeville theatres partially dependent upon pic- 
tures there are very few strsight vaudeville (uninfluenced by pic- 
tures) left in this country snd Canada. 



(SSTUMES 

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PICTURES 
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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 5, 192$ 



PAT POWERS OUT OF A. L ORGANIZATION 
Wll H OSCAR PRICE REMAINING IN CONTROL 



Bankers Reported Behind Film Concern Up to 
$2,500,000 — First Difference Over Associated 
Exhibitors 9 Studios on Coast — No Future Policy 
of Control Yet Settled Upon — Outside Creditors 
Paid — A. E. Currently Has Income $50,000 to 
$60,000 Weekly 



A clash between P. A. Powers and 
the financial interests behind Asso- 
ciated Exhibitors has resulted In 
the resignation of the former as 
chairman of the board of the dis- 
tributing corporation at the request 
of the latter. The bankers are said 
to be behind A. E. to the extent jf 
approximately $2,600,000. 

Powers arrived from the Coast a 
few days ago, his resignation hav- 
ing preceded him by wire about 10 
days previously. 

On the inside there are a number 
of stories told as to the reason for 
the row between the financial pow- 
ers and the chairman that was. 
Originally P. A. Powers secured 
$500,000 from a trust company on 
his paper for the purchase of Asso- 
ciated Exhibitors from the rathe 
organization. Oscar Price is said 
to have acted for the trust company 
and Powers in the purchase of the 
distributing organization. It being 
stated that had Pathe believed or 
known that Powers was to have had 
a hand in the operating of A. E., 
they would not have disposed of it. 

Later Powers is said to have 
secured an additional $115,000 from 
the trust company also oi. notes 
for the purpose of carrying the 
company along;. The other banking 
firm Is said to have advanced over 
$600,000 on negatives. 

Powers made "The Sky-Rocket" 
with Peggy Hopkins- Joyce rs the 
star and turned it over to A. E. for 
$200,000. The picture is stated to 
have brought in to the distributing 
organization in actual cash up to 
the end of last week $225,000. This 
takes them out of the barrel as far 
as the advance to Powers Is con- 
cerned and has started them oflT 
toward paying off tho prints and 
advertising. 

$60,000 Weekly 
A. E. within the past few weeks 
has passed the $50,000 mark in col- 
lections weekly and last week al- 
most reached $60,000. 

The manner of operation in the 
A. E. between themselves and the 
producer has been that when they 
thought well enough of a producer 
to sign him he would receive a 
guarantee of 50 per cent, of nega- 
tive cost on delivery and that the 
balance would be paid him over a 
period of 12 months. During this 
period A. E. would be on the sh >rt 
end of a 60-40 split on rentals 
"When the producer was paid out 
the arrangement would be that a 
40 per cent distribution charge 
would first be deducted and the 
balance of 60 per cent would be 
divided between the producer and 
A. E. each receiving .TO per cent, in 
the nature of profit for both. 
Studios Como Up 
One of the bones of contention 
between the capitalists and Towers 
was over the manner in which the 
A. E. studios in Los Angeles were 
being conducted. Towers obtained 
about $75,000 from A. E. to take 
over the studios, he Insisting that 
all contracts for releases tdiould be 
made subject to the productions be- 
ing made ait A. E. studios. In this 
connection it ' said that Powers 
also had stars and directors under 

(Continued on page 22) 



Light as Tip-Off 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

During the past winter a pic- 
ture exhibitor holding forth at 
Arrowhead Lodge, mountain 
resort, hit upon a new method 
of announcing his pictures. 
Because of heavy snowstorms 
film shipments were often de- 
layed and patrons from distant 
camps would often be disap- 
pointed when the cans would 
not arrive. 

To offset this, the exhibitor 
rigged an electric light In a 
giant pine tree which could be 
seen for miles around In the 
winter evenings. If the light 
was on, the film had arrived 
and the theatre was open. If 
no light showed, the audience 
could stay home telling bed- 
time stories. 



KARYL NORMAN QUITS 
VAUDE. FOR PICTURES 




PAULINE MILLER 

Remembered In "Mme. Pompa- 
dour" and now prima donna in many 
of the recent Mark Strand Frolics 
and other stage presentations pro- 
duced by Joseph Plunkett, has won 
the distinction of being the first 
woman in the world to sing Irving 
Berlin's honeymoon love song, "At 
Peace with the World." 



PORTOLA'S VAUDE. BILLS 



'Frisco House Adds 5 A. & H. Acts 
— 4 Shows Daily on Split Week 



Signs With Carlos to Make 
Films and Personal 
Appearances 



San Francisco, May 4. 

After several years as a 16-cent 
"grind" picture house, the Portola 
will hereafter show five acts of 
A?kernv.p and Harris vaudeville, 
with a feature picture, at a 25-cent 
top. The acts are to be booked out 
of Chicago. There will be four 
complete shows dally, programs to 
be changed 'twice a week. 

A new orchestra will be Installed 
under the direction of Charles An- 
derson. 



The Keith organization seems to 
have lost another of Its box-office 
feature attractions for all time. 
Karyl Norman, the Creole Fashion 
Plate, following a contract with the 
vaudeville people for a period of 
five years, has walked out on them 
and is now playing motion picture 
house dates. That he will not re- 
turn to vaudeville seems to be defi- 
nite, inasmuch as he has signed 
with Abe Carlos for a series of fea- 
ture pictures and will make per- 
sonal appearances in conjunction 
with these productions when they 
are released. 

Carlos has boon in conference 
with Cillllnrd T. Boag, husband- 
manager of Gilda Gray, who so suc- 
cessfully handled that star in the 
motion picture theatres, and tho 
possibility is that Boag will handle 
the a flairs of Norman. 



U Buys "Strogoff" 

In addition to purchasing tin? 22- 
reel "Les Miserablos" in France. 
Universal has bought "Michael Stro- 
goff" from the French Societo des 
Cineromans. The story is l»y .Jules 
Vorne. 

Its lend in.!; man is Ivan Mosjnu- 
kine. He will come over later in the 
year to start picture making. 



Rosenberg Sells Stock 

In West Coast, Jr. 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Mike Rosenberg, partner of Sol 
Lesser in Principal Pictures Cor- 
poration, and who was one of the 
four owners X){ the West Coast The- 
atres, Junior Circuit, disposed of 
his stock last week to Harry M. 
Sugarinan. son-in-law of Mike (tore, 
president of West Coast, Inc. 
. It is said that Rosenberg, as long 
as his partner was withdrawing 
from West Coast felt he should do 
so also and not be associated with 
the parent company. 

The sin k which Rosenberg held 
is said to amount to around $2.1,000. 



24 FILM ROAD SHOWS 



There will be 14 companies of the 
"Ben-Hur" picture out next season 
and 10 of "The Big Parade." By 
that time the latter will have en- 
tered into its second season of road- 
showing, one of the few pictures to 
ever attain the distinction. "Ben- 
Hur" is figured to run for at least 
three or four years as a special road 
show. It will eventually be taken 
Into even the small towns of 5,000 
for one day with all the trappings of 
the big city engagements. 

At present there are four com- 
panies of "Ben-Hur" in New York, 
Philadelphia. Boston and Chicago, 
while "The Big Farnde" has already 
touched the major cities for extend- 
ed runs. In Boston, Philadelphia, 
New York and Chicago it is side by 
side with "Ben-Hur." 



Mother and Son Arrived 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
After h wild ride to tin- hnspit.il. 
A son was born to Mrs. Carey Wil- 
son, wife of the scenario writer, two 
minutes after she arrived at the 
Institution. ... . 



Levee on 1st N. Board 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

M. <\ Levee has been elected to 
the First National's board of di- 
rectors, suei-eeding ,L M. Roothby, 
its comptroller. 

Mr. Li \ < e is the general exe -u- 
liv in. in.!;;' r of First National. 



SAUL HARRISON DEAD 

London, May 1. 

Saul IlarriM'ii. assistant ni ui;v;' r 
of the London district for Para- 
mount, died Sunday, May 2, follow- 
ing an operation for an ulcerated 
stomach. lie is survived by his 
widow and a daughter. 

His brother Philip was until re- 
cently excha jo.:*- manager for Para- 
mount at Manchester. 



Laemmle Buys Ince's 

Estate, Dias Dorados 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Carl Laemmle is reported as hav- 
ing purchased Dlas Dorados, the 
Benedict Canyon estate built by 
the late Thomas H. Ince in Beverley 
Hills for $750,000. Mrs. Ince, the 
widow, was stated to be iioIai,, H out 
for $1,000,^0 for the place but later 
is sa id to Itave reduced that price 
to $800,000 while Laemmle first of- 
fered $700,000. 

Dias Dorados cost $3,000 an acre 
and there are 28 acres in the 
estate. It is not known how much 
the producer spent on the homo and 
other buildings that now fcrueo tho 
land, but it is known that it cost 
about $6,000 a month to operate the 
esta blishrnent. 



22-Reel German Film? 

Los AnjveJes, May 4. 
Universal is planning a 2 1' -reel 
film of Victor Hugo's "Les Mise:- 
ables." Tho picture may be released 
on Lhe same prineipl.- lust planned 
by Metre - CnHwyr - Mayer for 
'< lived," in two sections, one-half 
ir one house anil the other half in 
another theatre, or, tho first half 
one week, followed by tho second 
portion. 



THE S. WARNERS EXPECTANT 

Los Angeles. May 4. 
Mrs. Sam Warner, formerly Linn 
P»aHquetto, is evicting the stork 
early in the fall. 



WHAT'S A NAME? 



Through a funny situation 
and manntr, Norman Kerry got 
his screen nume from Marshall 
Neilan. Kerry, prior to going 
on the screen, was a salesman. 
While In San Francisco he 
came under the wing of Neilan, 
using hie own name at the 
time, which Is Kaiser. 

At the beginning of the war. 
Neilan figured that was no 
name for an actor. Being Irish, 
Neilan decided he would 
change the name of hla protege 
to Bound as Irish as possible. 
The method In which Neilan 
pursued was to think of a lot 
of Irish names. He thought of 
about 40, wrote them on slips 
of paper, put them into a derby 
and the first one out bore the 
name of Kerry* 

And Norman Kaiser became 
Norman Kerry. 



BOSS CASE WAS 
SETTLED 




Authentic Story of F. P.'s 
'Confidential 9 Agreement 



Variety Bureau, 
Washington, May 4. 

Though repeatedly denied by the 
attorneys of Famous Players-Lasky 
it has been learned from an au- 
thoritative source that the picture 
company settled with Joseph C. 
Boss during November last for 
$65,000 under an agreement that the 

former Oklahoma exhibitor, suing 
for triple damages on the charge 
that F. P. had put him out of busi- 
ness, to the effect that the settle- 
ment should be treated confiden- 
tially. 

The $65,000 was paid in a lump 
sum just prior to the case coming 
up In the New York courts and 
was made over the objections of the 
attorneys of the company upon di- 
rect instructions from Adolph 
Zukor, according to Variety's In- 
formant. 

As has been previously reported 
following the denial of the settle- 
ment, Mr. Boss severed his connec- 
tion with the local film supply 
house by whom he was employed 
and went to Florida with reports 
coming through of his rather large 
Investments in real estate there. 
The then unverified report was fur- 
ther enhanced by the fact that the 
local attorney handling the case for 
Boss had stated he was no longer 
representing the former exhibitor. 

The settlement coming Just prior 
to the New York court hearings 
was also just previous to the final 
arguments before the Federal Trade 
Commission In connection with the 
charges of attempted monopoly and 
restraint of trade brought by the 
commission. 

The Bosh case has attracted con- 
siderable attention due to the 
charges made against F. P. and the 
now famed "wrecking crew" ihc.t 
went throufh the south purchasing 
theatres. 

It was charged that after agree- 
ing not to come into McA!cster. 
Okla.. in opposition to Boss. F. P. 
and the others named, when noting 
the $1J,000 net annual business be- 
ing done by the exhibitor, first 
rented and opened a house as the 
home of Paramount pictures at the 
same time raising the price of the 
service on Boss and later cutting 
him off entirely with it. 

Outstanding Instance 

The Boss case has been one of 
the oul.standing individual Instance: 
of oppression cited by the commis- 
sion in Its case against F. P. 

With but one day left (Wednes- 
day, May 5) iti which to file the list 
of exceptions as required of F. p.. 
in the commission's order to re- 
open (he case the picture compan\ 
has not yet flYd the material de- 
manded. 

An appointment was made by long 
distance for K. J. Ludvigh of F. P., 
who, though chief counsel of the 
picture company as well as occupy- 
ing other official connections, has 
never before entered the case, to 
go into conference with counsel for 
(he commission during the past 
week. This arrangement, however, 
was later cancelled due to the fact 



EDITH HARTLEY 
JAMMED IN PIT] 



Ran Away With Chas. Brwn- 
field From L A. — Flirted Over 
Phone, Then Romance 



Pittsburgh, May 4. 

A romance said to have started 
In Hollywood was halted by m e 
local police with the arrest Friday 
of Edith Hartley, 23. blonde, ot 
Hollywood, claiming to be a screen 
actress, and Charles Brownlleld, f 
Los Angeles. The film actress U 
said to have admitted she fell in 
love with Brownfleld after convert- 
ing with him over the phone. They 
wanted to get married here after 
eloping to this city. 

Two years ago, the story goes, the 
girl left her husband in Portland, 
Ore., and went to Hollywood. She 
says she secured a divorce on the 
ground of desertion but Hhe has not 
convinced the detectives here of It. 
A few weeks ago she happened to 
get on the crossed wire of a tele- 
phone and heard the musical voice 
of Brownfleld who was in Los 
Angeles. The conversation resulted 
In their meeting. It was love at 
first sight and the runaway followed 
with the intention of getting married 
here. 

The couple were "broke" here, ac 
cording to the police, and Brown- 
field secured a Job as canvasser for 
silk hosiery. He Is said to have 
collected money with each order but 
failed to deliver the goods. Several 
victims appealed to the police and 
his arrest followed. 

When questioned by detectives 
both related their romance and de- 
clared their Intention of marrying. 
They wanted a minister sent for at 
once but Inspector Clyde S. Ede- 
burn said he would Investigate 
their records first. The inspector 
says he will act an best man nfter 
he learns the actress has been 
granted a decree from her husband. 

Met, Wash., Patting on 
Presentations Next Season 



Washington, May 4. 

The Metro] oliian, the Stanley- 
Crandall downtown picture house, 
will go in for presentations on a 
large scale next season. The house 
is to be closed during August, when 
;he stage will be remodeled. 

This will permit the Metropolitan 
to establish the new policy on t 
sound basis prior to the opening 
nf the ^Mlllam Fox 3.600-scut house 
in t'^e new National Press Club 
building. 



that Martin Morrison, of the com- 
mission, could not be present. 

Should the F. P. attorneys fail 
to file their reply tomorrow such 
action will automatically waive the 
company's right to question the 
long list of exceptipns to the rul- 
ings of the trial examiner upon 
which Robert T. Swaine, counsel for 
the film company, laid such par* 
tlcular stress during the final ar- 
guments of the case. 

The opinion has been expressed 
here that following up the reversal 
in attitude of Mr. Swaine, who has 
since urged the settlement of the 
case as it now stands without con-| 
s'.dcration of the exceptions, thar 
the picture company may fail to 
answer the requirements of the re- 
opening order, thus forcirg a de- 
cision upon the present status ol 
the case. 

Should the proceeding be carried 
forward it is estimated it will cost 
i«\ P. an additional $7r»0,ono. 



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^Wednesday, May 5, 192 6 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 




* NATIONAL'S HUGE MERGER 



STANLEYS* LEAD 
IN MERGER OF 
. 185 HOUSES 

jttrk-Strancl, Fabian*, Row- 
s land & Clark, Wilmer & 
' ^ Vincent, and Nixon-Nird- 
: c finger Beside* Crandall 
Theatres in Combine— 
Chain Covera Key Citiea 
' From Washington to Ohio 
—New York and Phila- 
delphia Bankera Financ- 
ing — Outcome of First 
National Convention — Un- 
dertaken for Protection 



New Fox Worked Out 
In First Play-Film 



PUBLIX'S RIVAL 



A gigantic merger of picture the- 
a|i» interests identified with Asso- 
rted First National, and the domi- 
nion of the producing interests 
of that organization by those at the 
head of the theatre combination is 
under way. 

,.. The theatre merging seems to have 
been completed late last week in 
Philadelphia. It is stated Jules 
Maftbaum of the Stanley company 
wnl be or has been elected presl 

4jnt of the corporation. There was 
faeeting of several of those inter- 
ested in the project in the New York 
offices of the Stanley Company yes 
terday. Present at that meeting 
were Jules Mastbaum, R. A. Row 
land, Moe Mark, John McGuirk, 
Walter Hays, and several others. 

The "nationalization plan'' as the 
merger Is termed is the outgrowth 
of numerous conferences held dur 
lag the annual meeting of First Na 
tlonal at Atlantic City two weeks 
ago. At the inception the chains 
identified with the plan are that 
controlled by the Stanley Co. which 
including the Crandall houses will 
number 62 theatres; Fabian houses 
(Newark) numbered 11 and with 
acquisition of five additional, total 
11; the 14 Rowland & Clark thea 
tres (Pittsburgh); 16 that are in 
the Wilmer and Vincent (Pa.) 
chain which, are aligned with the 
Stanley group; 13 houses controlled 
by the Mark- Strand Co. and the 11 
Nlxon-Nirdlinger houses also lined 
up with Stanley. 

This will make a> total of 138 
houses, although those who ore ac- 
tive in effecting the merger state 
that there are over 186 theatres In 
eluded in the group now. 

Unification of Operation 

The plan is for a unification of 
p operation but that the houses and 
chains will retain a unit capitaliza- 
tion. Under thin arrangement it is 
■tated that the Mark-Strand chain 
comes into the merger with a valu 
•Hon of $12,000,000 placed on it. 

The financing, it is understood, Is 
w be handled by Edward B. Smith 
* Co. of Philadelphia and Hayden, 
Stone & Co. of New York, with 
Wchard Hoyt of the latter firm act- 
tog on the First National board. 

As lined up at present the pool 
Practically covers all the key city 
centers from Washington north and 
jrom Ohio oast, comprising Wash- 
ington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Phil 
*delphla, New York, Newark, Buf 
a,0 » Syracuse and Albany. There 
*re also a number of smaller cities 
•hL Kns,and where tho Mark- 
JJtrand chain is represented and a 
number of Pennsylvania cities 
JJnere either the Stanley Co. or the 
«owland & Clark Interest are en 
»en<-ned. I n addition to their pres 
'■t Molding in Pittsburgh Rowland 

Uark have a new 4,000-seat house 
under way. 

As For the Coast 

11 Is understood that the purpose 
to further expand the nationaliaa- 
t . on p,an "nd to eventually include 
«• Nest c„. lst Theatres, Inc., num- 

CCouUnued on page 13) 



There's a headache in this if 
given thought after reading. 
It's about William Fox's first 
experiment in buying In on 
plays with the optional rights 
for pictures. 

For $125,000 Fox secured 
from Al Woods 25 percent in- 
terest in Woods' productions of 
"The Green Hat," "The Pell- 
can" and "Stolen Fruit." 

"Stolen Fruit" went on and 
came off In a jiffy. About 
$20,000 lost. "The Pelican" 
suffered an attempt for a forced 
run and that r an the red to 
$80,000. "The Green Hat" is 
still on the map with its ulti- 
mate profit unknown. 

Of* the three plays so far, 
Fox selected "The Pelican" for 
pictures, paying $40,000 for the 
film rights to a stage flop. As 
25 percent owner in the piece 
he was entitled to his share of 
the picture sale, but the pic- 
ture proceeds had to be oivided 
between the author and pro- 
ducr, 50-50. This gave Woods 
$40,000 to divide less $4,000 
commission, leaving $36,000 
split going $18,000 tor the pro- 
ducer's share.* As Fox's 26 
percent operated on the $18,000 
he received $4,500 back as a 
stage producer. With Fox's 
$125,000 still in Woods' bank 
account and only "The Green 
Hat" left to b<T heard from. 



MONTA BELL DIRECTING 
'AMERICAN TRAGEDY' 



Signs Two-Year Contract with 
F. p.— Will Also Do P. T. 
Barnum Story 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
Following Theodore Dreiser's ob- 
jection to D. W. Griffith filming his 
"American Tragedy," it is learned 
that Monta Bell will conclude his 
contract with Metro-Goldwyn after 
his next picture and is to Join 
Famous Players to handle the mega- 
phone for the making of the Dreiser 
story. 

Bell has signed a two-year con- 
tract with Famous at a salary said 
to bo $3,250 a week, and is to make 
a minimum of three plcturei? a year. 
The second picture Bell will make 
for F. P. is to be the one based on 
the life of P. T. Barnum. 



Arbuckle Directing Marion 
Davies, as Wm. GoodricJ 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Marlon Davies went into produc 
tlon with "The Red Mill," with 
Roscoe Arbuckle directing under 
the name of William Goodrich. 

The picture will be produced by 
Cosmopolitan for Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer release. Karl Dane, Owen 
Moore, Tully Marshall and George 
Siegrnan are in the cast. 



Checking Up J-H 

Seattle. May 4. 

Auditors aro still at work check 
Ing over the local Jensen-Von Her 
berg theatres, Involved in the deal 
to the American Theatres Co. 

Some money was paid on ac 
count, clinching the deal, but no 
further steps in the transfer have 
yet been taken. 



Stahl with Fox? 

Los Angeles. May 4. 

John M. Stahl. whoso contract ex- 
pires In December with Metro-Gold 
wyn-Mayer, is reported to have 
signed with Fox. 

St.-ihl will likely make one or two 
of the Belasco stories. 




GEORGE KELLY 

Author of "Craig's Wife," awarded 
the Pulitizer prize honor among 
)lays of the 25-26 season. The 
piece Is current at the Morosco the- 
atre, New York. 

Mr. Kelly rose to his present 
eminence as a playwright, from 
vaudeville, surrounded by vaude- 
vlllians, principally his brother, 
Walter C. Kelly, "The Virginia 
Judge." His producer, Rosalie 
Stewart, is also from vaudeville, 
where she presented Mr. Kelly in 
his self-written "Show Off," a play- 
let that was elaborated intd full 
length by its author and became an- 
other Broadway hit, narrowly es- 
caping the Pulitzer prize for last 
season. 

Miss Stewart has produced and 
presented each of Mr. Kelly's play 
successes. 



CLEARING ROAD 
FOR F. FYS HELP 
IN FED. TRADE? 



Gaylord R. Hawkins, as 
Comm.'s Counsel, Taken 
Off Cast 



LAURA LA PLANTE WILL 
WED, SAYS WM. SEITER 



U's Director Mentions August 
— Divorce Decree Re- 
sponsible for Delay 



LESSER THROWS 
OFF $312,000 ON 
STOCK SALE 



West Coast Mix-up— Fox 
and Lesser with Ramish 
and Lawyers 



Variety Bureau, 
Washington, May 4. 

Gaylord R. Hawkins, attorney for 
the Federal Trade Commission in 
the F;imous Players-I^asky proceed- 
ings brought by the commission 
following a charge of attempted 
monopoly and restraint of trade on 
the part of the picture company, has 
been taken off the case by an order 
dated April 5, 1926, over the signa- 
ture of the new chief counsel, 
Bayard T. Hainer. 

Mr. Hawkins has handled the F. 
P. proceedings for the government 
since Oct. 20, 1921, and Is acknowl- 
edged to be the only legal repre- 
sentative of the Commission who 
thoroughly knows the motion pic- 
ture Industry In Its every angle. 

That the order removing Mr. 
Hawkins from the case will be 
jubilantly received by those fight- 
ing the charge of the government 
is openly expressed here. Hawkins 
has been characterized aa the 
"stumbling block" that could not 
be surmounted in the alleged at- 
tempts of the picture interests to 
cloud the Issues of the case. It Is 
also known that It was the recom- 
mendations of this government at- 
torney that has repeatedly resulted 
in the commission refusing to ac- 
cept stipulations offered by counsel 
for F. P. 

The removal of Hawkins recalls 
much of the history of the case, one 
highlight of which Is the alleged 

(Continued on page 31) 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

William Setter, picture director at 
I'niversal, asserts that In August 
ho will lead to the altar Laura La- 
Plante, Universal picture actress. 

The reason for the delay is due to 
the fact that Selter, who recer tly 
secured a divorce, from his wife, Is 
compelled to wait until July 27, 
when the decree will be made per- 
manent. 

Miss LaPlante arrived here May 3 
to start work on "Butterllies In the 
Rain" for Universal. James Kirk- 
wood and June Marlow have been 
engaged for the picture. Edward 
Sloman will direct. 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

Treasury stock In West Coast, 

Inc., to the amount of $1,250,000 

may be distributed today amongst 

the stockholders. Proceeds will be 

employed for financing the organi- 
zation's new activities, along with 
operating expenses. 

Many lawyers are about, involved 
in the adjustment of stock sales of 
West Coast holders. Principally the 
sale by Adolph Ramish to William 
Fox and again the West Coast stock 
sold by Sol Lesser to Hayden, 
Stone and Company, the New York 
bankers. 

From accounts, although the law- 
yers are heavily entangled with the 
discussions, Lesser may reduce his 
sale price of West Coast to the 
banking firm, $15 a share, making a 
difference to him of $312,000 on 
stock first quoted at over $1,100,000. 

Fox and Hayden Stone are also 
talking of a lesser price from ac- 
counts for tho Ramish stock. Ra- 
mish from reports Is standing pat, 
telling Fox and the hankers ho will 
hang onto his stock, keeping Fox's 
deposit as a forfeit unless the agreed 
upon price Is paid. 

The battle of attorneys includes 
Jake Samu'ls for West Coast, Sol 
Rogers for Fox, Major Tuller for 
Hayden Stone, Kddie Loeb for First 
National and a Mr. Lawton for Los- 
ser. 



Locating for U Theatres 

Julius r.ernhelm of the Universal 
home oince, Is en route through the 
s^uth on a theatre scouting trip for 
U. He hiia looked over Philadelphia 
and is headed for Charleston, S. C, 
to look at prospective localities for 
a Universal house in that city. 

Bernheim is a nephew of Carl 
Laemmle. Up to last year he was 
production head of Universal City, 
t Hollywood. 



1st Warner Synchronized 
Film Ready — Runs 20 Min. 



The first of the proposed Warner 
Bros, synchronized films has been 
finished at the old Vltagraph studio 
in Brooklyn. Its entitled. "The 
Bride Tamer," and has as leads. 
Sydney Jarvls and Virginia Dare. 

Herman Heller, musical director 
for Warner's theatre, New York, 
handled the baton for music. The 
picture will run about 20 minutes on 
the screen. 

"The Bride Tamer" la classified as 
a musical film operetta. 

If "The Bride Tamer" establishes 
popularity, Warner Bros, propose 
following with operettas and other 
subjects. Tikis one has Jarvls and 
Miss Dare playing roles similar to 
those taken by Mr and Mrs. Sydney 
Drew in their two-reeled comedies. 



Fred Niblo Replaces 
Stiller on 'Temptress 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

Metro-Goldwyn has turned one 
more of Its foreign directors adrift, 
having taken Maurice Stiller, the 
eminent Swedish importation, off 
the direction of "The Temptress," 
which is in production as a $2 spe- 
cial for certain cities and as a spe- 
cial release the country over. Stiller 
Is rumored to be the fiance of Greta 
Garbo, who Is starred In the picture, 
and came over to Metro about the 
same time she did. 

Fred Niblo has been assigned to 
finish "Temptress." 

The foreign director Is now with- 
out immediate assignment and It la 
regarded as unlikely that he will 
direct another film for M-G. 



Only 1 Co. on F. P.-L. Lot 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

For the first time In years the 
Famous Players- 1. a sky studio Is al- 
most deserted. Only company now 
there Is making "Love's Mnglc." 

Two companies ore on location. 



P. D. C'S LEGITS 



Producers' Distributing Corpora- 
tion, after figuring for some time In 
rumors that It would invade the 
legitimate play producing fleld. Is 
now definitely :\n<A up to have Its 
own unit on Broadway next s< ason 

Probabilities are that arrange- 
ments will be made with an inde- 
pendent producer to put on. for a 
stated sum, tho properties which 
P. D. C. now holds and wants on the 
stage. 

John c 1- linn, president of Metro- 
politan Pictures, Inc , a P. I). C. 
producing subsidiary, is looked 
upon as the man who will bandit 
the d'-tailn of the lfgitiin.it'- 
venture. 



Federal Censorship All 

Off Until December 

Washington, May 4. 
Following a suddenly called ex- 
ecutive session on top of a beetle 
hearing in connection with the Up- 
shaw and Swope bills providing 
for Federal censorship of pictures, 
tho Committee on Kducatlnn of the 
House deferred any action on either 
of the two measures until next De- 
cember. 

The hearing was marked by 
many sensational charges,- these 
Including the direct charge of de- 
liberate lying against Canon Chase 
by Congressman La Guard la of 
New York and the withdrawal of a 
statement made by Congressman 
Cpshaw that all those opposed to 
his bill favored unclean picture*. 

Mrs. Kahn (California) demanded 
the Georgia legislator-reformer to 
withdraw the remark, which, In so 
doing, he characterized as "Just a 
playful reference to opponents." 

Upshaw also backed down on hit 
previous position that hH bill was 
the perfect proposal. Inasmuch as 
ho offered to accept any amend- 
ments proposed by the committee. 

Congressman Clarence MacGregor 
of New York bitterly attacked the 
American Soci'ty of Composers, 
Authors and Publish on the floor 
of the House yesterday, charging 
that the society was preying on the 
composers simply to make monfjr 
for those conducting Its affairs. 
The Congressman also stilted that 
the society was preying upon the 
sympathies o f Congress for the 
composer to create an ultra- 
monopoly that was destroying the 
small motion picture exhibitors 
throughout the country. 



Lon Chaney't Long Contract 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Lon Chari"/ has signed a new 
long-term contract with Irving 
Thalbcrg at M< f ro Goldwyn - Mayer. 



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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



M VICKER'S, $22,000, WITH ASH OUT; 
IRENE' AT CHICAGO, $39,009, LIGHT 



III 



"Stella Dallas 9 " Running Start at Roosevelt, $28, 
Best in Long While— "Parade" and "Hur" Shortly 
Leaving — Front-Page Wife, Peggy, Drew Curious 



Chicago, May 4. 

"S'olla Dallas" has started like 
a prairie lire at the Roosevelt, open- 
ing last week to a trade figured 
at dose to $28,000, the best money 
the house has taken In months. 
The picture is getting great word- 
ol'-mouih plugging. 

McVicker's gross last week sliced 
down to $22,000, lowest in a year. 
This is the effect of the continued 
but not officially unnounced absence 
of Paul Ash, who has been taking 
several weeks to rest up, preparing 
for his debut in his new Oriental 
on Randolph street, scheduled to 
open tomorrow (May 6). 

The Chicago also had an off week 
failing to hit $-10,000 for the second 
successive week. Colleen Moore 
version of "Irene" not considered 
so warm. With last weeks an- 



KARYL NORMAN HITS 
HOME TOWN JUST RIGHT 



Stage Act Sensation at Rivoli, 
Balto. — Loew's Whitehurst's 
Century and Parkway 



Baltimore, May 4. 
The big Century is apparently 
sold. It has been apparently sold 
before. A few weeks back. Fox was 
announced as the purchaser, but 
never took possession and eased out 
of the deal without so much as a 
forfeit. The whole thins; was 



nounced on both pictures, "The Big I shrouded in much mystery that 
Parade" has been giving forceful I never lifted. Marcus Loew now 
demonstration of its apparent box | steps up and signs. According to 
oftlce ascendency over "Ben-Hur," well -substantiated reports, the the- 
its $2 running mate, by widening atre is now his. Only the comple- 
the margin between the grosses. | tion of the title search remains, and 



Last week "Parade" held better than 
$13,000, while "Ben" dropped to 
$8,000. 

Peggy Hopkins Joyce In The 
Skyrocket" attracted a lot of wo- 
men curious to see what the pale 
faced vamp looks like. The Ran- 
dolph' took $6,200, but did not hold 
over the picture because of Uni- 
versal^ desire to get Its own "Watch 
Your Wife" a showing. 

"Sandy" grossed $5,000 In its sec- 
ond week at the Monroe in the 
face of the Castle, second run grind 



that is scheduled for this week. 

It marks the re-entry of Loew 
into the Baltimore amusement field, 
a Held that he abandoned when he 
was succeeded by Keith-Aibee at 
the Hippodrome a few years back. 
The reputed price paid for the 
Whltehurst enterprise is $1,800,000. 
The property involved in the trans- 
fer consists of the Century theatre 
and roof, the uptown Parkway and 
several parcels of real estate. The 
policy for the big Century under 
the regime is not definitely set. A 



"Wreck" as Special 

Los Angeles. May 4- 
Harrison Ford has been definitely 
selected to play the title role in 
"The Nervous Wreck," which Al 
Christie will make for P. D. C. re- 
lease. 

The picture will be sold as a spe- 
cial. 



SUNDAY SHOW 
IN PROVIDENCE 
TO BIG BIZ 



But Cost Business During 
Week— Exhibs Not Wild 
Over 'Sunday 9 Latitude 



house two blocks away, also run- policy of Metro-Goldwyn features, 



ning the picture. 

Estimates For Last Week 

Chicago— "Irene" (F. N.) (4,100; 
GO-75). Picture not rated high here 
with excessive footage commented 
on. $3S,000. 

Garrick— "Big Parade" (M.-G.-M.; 
18th week) (B0c-$2). One more week 
for this box-office knockout. $13,500. 

McVicker's— "Lucky Lady" (F. 
P.) (2,400; 60-75). Campaign to 
keep house from becoming dud 



augmented by presentations and a 
big act, is the likely policy. 

The transfer of these properties 
leaves the Whltehursts with the 
New and Garden theatres, which, 
according to present plans, they 
will continue to operate under the 
policies now prevailing. 

Last week was a generally good 
one for the local first-run houses. 
The Rivoli bettered its average 
large draw, with Karyl Norman's 



again is on. Elaborate plans include stage act ("Creole Fashion Plate") 
Henry Gendron's orchestra, Ocorge getting most of the credit, and de 



GIvot, Paul Ash's assistant of 
earlier months, and other features. 
Last week around $22,000. 

Monroe.— "Sandy" (Fox, 2d week). 
(973; 50). $4,900. 

Orpheum— "Oh What A Nurse" 
(Warner's, 3d and final week) (776; 
50). Finished at $8,100. "Hell Bent 
Fer Heaven" next. 

Randolph— "Skyrocket" (A. E.) 
(«50; 60). Marshall Neilan's con- 
version of famous front page wife 
into movie actreBs drew well, par- 
ticularly among the gals. $6,200. 

Roosevelt— "Stella Dallas" (U. A.) 
(1,400; 50-75). Looks like beat run 
Roosevelt has had In many moons. 
OfT to $23,000. 

Woods— " Ben-Hur" (M.-G.-M 
12th week) '1.073; 50c-$2). $8,000. 
Out this Saturday (May 8). 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, fne.) 



Gilda in Person and 
Film at Riako May 15 

Gilda Gray will come into the 
Rialto, N. Y., for a special run of 
six weeks in conjunction with the 
showing there of her first motion 
picture feature, "Aloma of the South 
Seas," beginning May 16. The initial 
performance of the feature will be 
given at midnight. May 15. 

In order to play the New York 
date and to prepare a special pre- 
sentation hi harmony with the pic 
ture. h\U's Gray was corn pel led to 
cancel three weeks of dates in the 
middle wist where bhe was being 
guaranteed $7,600 weekly with the 
option of taking 75 percent of the 
receipt*. 

Leonora Ulrich and a number of 
the technical assistants of David 
Belasco will stage tho presentation 
for "Aloma." 



serving it. The big Century got a 
surprisingly good week out of 
"Sandy," and the moderate-sized 
Now mopped up with "For Heaven's 
Sake." Only the Embassy slipped. 
The box-office here hit the skids the 
previous week with "The New 
Klondike," and "Count of Luxem- 
bourg," rushed in at the eleventh 
hour to replace "Let's Get Mar- 
ried," failed to help. The DJx film 
is now in, a week late, and may 
prove the needed box-office stim- 
ulus. 

Ford's, with the legit season over, 
goes over to the films temporarily, 
and took on "The Naked Truth," 
beginning last night. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Rivoli— "Dancer of Paris" (2,300; 
:15-G5). Credit for theatre's out- 
standing business goes to stage act. 
Karyl Norman made his picture 
house debut in his home town and 
proved sensation. By Thursday, 
patrons were repeating at tho b. o 
Could have held over to a second 
Aook turn-away, but previous War- 
ing's Pennsylvanlans booking pre 
e luded this. Week was blj; through 
out. 

Century— "Sandy" (3,000; 30-65). 
Surprised by heavy draw, advanc- 
ing about $2,500 over previous 
week. Business uniformly good 
$14,000. 

Embassy — "Count of Luxem- 
bourg" (1,500; 35-76>. Baltimore's 
high-top house foiled to recover 
from setback administered previ- 
ous week when "The New Klon- 
dike" started a nose dive. "Count" 
rushed In at Inst moment, with lit- 
tle opportunity for advance work, 
and developed little. Result was 
a further sliding off. Week's gross 
under $5,000. 

New— "For Heaven's Sake" (1,800; 
L\"-fiO). Best week house has had 
sinci! "Merry Widow." About $13, 
000. Another week. 



Providence, May 4. 
(Drawing Population, 300,000) 

Warm weather and spring's 
balmy breezes have reached Provi- 
dence, to the disgust of the local 
exhibitors. 

Another excuse for the average 
receipts Is the opening of Sunday 
movies in Providence, for the first 
^time in Rhode Island's history. Lots 
of theatregoers deferred their 
weekly visit to the movies until 
Sunday, Just for the novelty of the 
thing. 

The Sunday shows May 2 did ex- 
traordinary business. Practically 
all the houses stood them up In the 
evening. Managers are not opti- 
mistic about the immediate success 
of the new regulations, however, 
for they figure that with the sum- 
mer coming on it will be difficult 
to fill the house on week-day nights, 
to say nothing of Sundays. Most 
of them give the Sunday movies 
about a month of life, until the next 
winter season sends the biz up 
again. 

Last week • < Klki" walked away 
with the palm. "The Self-Starter," 
with Reed Howe, was a very ade- 
quite second feature. 

"Sandy," with the dazzling Madge 
Bellamy and taken from the much- 
touted newspaper serial, did good 
business at the Victory. House 
Peters in "The Storm Breaker," sec- 
ond feature on the Victory's bill, 
was merely poor. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Majestic— (2,600; 10-40). M Kikl" 
(1st N.) Norma Talmadge. A wow. 
"The Self -Starter" (Ind.) agreeable 
comedy. $9,000. 

Strand— (2.200; 15-40.) "Miss 
Brewster's Millions" <F. p.), despite 
the magnetic Bebe Daniels, did not 
draw to excess. "Whispering 
Smith" (P. D. C.) little. $5,500. 

Rialto— (1,448; 15-40.) "Why Girls 
Go Bark Home" (Warners) done 
with the usual Warner excellence. 
"Her Second Chance" (1st N.) ordi- 
nary. BUI boasted little drawing 
power. $4,700. 

Victory— (1,950; 16-40.) "Sandy" 
(Fox), unhappy ending, attempted 
to be true to life, almost hit muik. 
Madge Bellamy filled role easily. 
"The Strom Breaker" hardly worth 
time spent. Good week at $C,500. 
This Week 
Majestic, "The Blind Goddcs," 
"Hearts and Spangles"; Strand, 
"Clothes Make the Pirate," "The 
Dancer of Paris"; Rialto. "The 
Night Cry," "Oh, What a Nurse"; 
Victory, "The Exquiuito Sinner," 
"Lazybones." 

(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



MET, L A, AGAIN LOW AT $23^00 
WEATHER OFF-TOURISTS LIGHT 



Two Pictures Winding Up Engagements Dropped Off 
Badly — "Beverly" at Loew's State Reached 
$32,000, 2d High of House 



FILMS AT MINNEAPOLIS; 
UNTAMED LADY, $13,000 

"His People/' $7,400 and 
Held Over— "Greater Glory" 
Strong at $6,500 



Minneapolis. May 4. 

Cool weather and strong screen 
attractions brought back many of 
the film fans who had been weaned 
away by the lure of the outdoors 
during the recent warm spell. As a 
result, leading first-run houses en- 
joyed a moderately good week?. 

In the case of the principal F. 
& R. theatres, the pictures did the 
pulling. The supporting stage 
shows at the State and Garrick 
amounted to little from a box-office 
standpoint. 

Just the opposite held true at the 
Hennepln-Orpheum. There Ethel 
Barrymore was the magnet. Mon- 
day night, poorest of the week at 
this house, had complete sell-out. 

Estimates for Last Week 

State (2,040; 60). "Untamed 
Lady" (P. P.) and Nellie Sterling 
and Her Snow Shoe Revue. .Gloria 
Swanson has big local following. 
Business held up well. $13,000. 

Garrick (1.829; 60). "His Peo- 
ple" (M-G-M) and Hawaiian tenor. 
"One of best pictures of year" com- 
ment. $7,400. 

Strand (1,277; 60). "Greater 
Glory" (F. N.). Strong sex appeal. 
Sensational posters did share; $6,- 
600. Held over. 

Lyric (1,200; 35) "Miss Brew- 
ster's Millions" (F. P.). Bebe Dan- 
iels no local draw, but picture 
pleased; $3,400. 

Aster (896; 25). "Tony Runs 
Wild" (Fox). Tom Mix lifted re- 
ceipts above average; $3,000. 

Hennepin-Orpheum (2,852; 50-99). 
"The Pinch Hitter" (A. E.) and 
vaudeville. Ethel Barrymore in 
pernon kept box office busy; over 
$7,600. 

Pantages (1,554; 60). "The Night 
Cry" and vaudeville. Usual busi- 
ness. 

Seventh 8treet (1,480; 60). "The 
Prairie Pirate" and vaudeville. 
Satisfactory takings. About $5,400. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



B. WALLACE FREE-LANCING 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Richard "Wallace, former under- 
taker, directing Hal Roach come- 
dies for three years, has obtained 
his release and will free lance. He 
may sign a contract with Corinne 
Grimth Productions*" to direct Miss 
Griffith in her next production, "Tin 
Pan Alley," a screen adaptation of 
the play "Ashes." 



GOOD BILLS BUT LIGHT 
NEWMAN, $12,200 



Lois Weber Not Marrying 

Lob Angeles, May *<• 
Lois Weber denied reports that 
she is to marry Captain Gttntz, an 



MAEY STUART'S WEDDING DAY 

Los Angoles, May 4 
Culminating a Hollywood ro 
ma nee. It is announced Mary Stuart, 
film actress, and Garrett Fort, C. R. 
I>eMill>> scenario writer, will be 
married in Riverside Christmas 
Day. 



SUMMER SUBSCRIPTION 

to "VARIETY" 
$1—3 Months 

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quoted in local dailies. "I'm far to 
Warner- Metropolitan — "Hrlde orlbusy to think of getting married," 
Storm" (1.300; 25-50). Dolores Cos- I Miss Weber said, 
tello rapidly becoming established 
as draw in this town. Nice week, 
with gross advancing over previous 
six days to total of about $7,500 

Hippodrome — "Fighting Heart" 
and vaudeville (3,300; 25-50). Vaude 
headllnor the tabloid "Old Homo- 
stead." I>id well. House running 
on pretty steady hl^h these days. 
About $10,500. 

Garden — "righting Ruckaroo" and 
vaudeville Cl.000; L'fl-.IO). Buck 
Jones pop favorite, but house ap- 
parently affected slightly by warm- 
er weather last half, and failed to 
better previous week's figures. $10,- 
000. 

Parkway- — "Revrlv of Grnustnrk" 



Hearst press tie-up aided draw of 
second run ot this feature. House 
follows downtown New on Davids 
.. .. -i. Well over weekly average. 
$4,000. 

This Week 
New, "For Heavens Bake" (I'd 
week) ; Rivoli." The Reckless Ladv"; 
Embassy, "Let's Goi Married"; 
Century, "Tho Tower of Lies'; 
"Ford's "The Naked Truth"; Park- 
way,' The Storm P.reaker"; Warner- 
Metropolitan. "Oh. What a Nurse"; 
Garden, "Tudor Western Skies"; 
Hippodrome, "The (iold Rush." 
. (Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



Kansas City, May 4. 
Good film entertainment last 
week. The Newman with "Brown 
of Harvard," "Great Moments From 
Grand Opera" and a fine musical 
program by both the orchestra and 
organist, offered a big money's 
worth. 

In spite of the generous bills 
business was off. About the only 
reasonable excuse was the weather 
Estimates For Last Week 

Newman — " Brown of Harvard" 
(M.-G.-M.) f 1,890; 40-50 regular; 
60c Saturday and Sunday) "Great 
Moments From Grand Opera," stage 
presentation and well received. 
Business started fine and held up 
well over Sunday — weakened in the 
middle of the week but came back 
strong for finish. $12,1200. 

Royal — "Tho Song and Dance 
Man" (F. P.) (920; 35-50) Louie 
Forbstein and Syncopators continue 
as only attraction other than screen 
entertainment. Drew their share of 
applause. The Royalltes liked this 
one but regulars alone don't mean 
big business for this house. After 
thee weeks' grind with "For 
Heaven's Sake," result rather dis- 
appointing, only $4,000. 

Liberty — "The Combat " (V.- 
Jewel) (1,000; 35-50) Homer Mcg- 
genberg and Ella Zimmerman, 
hilled as the Charleston Champions 
of the United States, appeared as 
the added stage feature, together 
with Charleston contest, with sev- 
eral contestants at each perform- 
ance with the finals Friday night. 
House lucky with contest, able to 
secure winners of numerous con- 
tests held during winter. This 
attraction helped greatly. ^4,600. 

Mainstrect — "Mile. Modiste" (1st 
N.) (3,200; 25-50, with top 60c Sat- 
urday and Sunday). Five acts, 
$13,600. 

The Pantages featured "Tumble- 
weeds" on Us Bcreen and "Rustling 
For Cupid" was the Globe's screen 
showing in connection with thr 
Loio Bridge musical stock which 
presented "Tho Partnership Baby." 

(Copyriaht, by Variety, Jn^) , 



Los Angeles, May 4, 
(Drawing Population, 1,350,000) 
With rather unsettled weather 
most of the week and the usual 
April condition of a scarcity oft 
tourists In town, the first-run 
houses, with one exception, had air 
almost panicky week. The on* 
house which got over the hurdle* 
big was Loew's State, playing the 
Marion Davlea picture, "Beverly of 
Graustark," doing about $10,000 
more on the week than its nearest 
competitor, the elephant-sized Met- 
ro poll tan. The Hearst papers were 
liberal, aa usual, with their apace 
for the Davies vehicle, and five in- 
stead of four shows were given on 
weekdays and six Saturday, result- 
ing in the final total running to 
around $32,000, the second highest 
gross the house has played to in its 
history. 

Metropolitan, with a rattling good 
picture. "Let s Get Married" (Rich- 
ard Dlx), started off at its regular 
poor gait, but picked up as the 
week went along. Seems as though 
the house made somewhat of a mis- 
take in trying to sell Verne Iiuck 
over the picture, which happened to 
be the real drawing magnet. Had 
the selling method been reversed, 
this picture might have gotten aa 
extra $5,000 or $6,000, instead of 
only around $23,500. 

Harold Lloyd's "For Heaven's 
Sake" getaway at the Million Dol- 
lar was rather Inauspicious. With 
the house laying off on the exploita- 
tion angles for the past two weeks 
and concentrating heavily on Chap- 
lin's "Gold Rush," the final six days 
of the four-week run were not aa 
productive as they usually are for 
a Lloyd picture. 

"The Big Parade," in ita next to 
last week at Grauman's Egyptian, 
picked up a bit over the preceding - 
week. 

"Skyrocket" Mild 

"The Skyrocket** did not flare aa 
expected at the Forum. Instead of 
being held over for a aecond week, 
as originally intended, it waa moved 
out at the end of the first. Seems 
as though folks out this way are 
not so keenly Interested in Peggy 
Hopkins Joyce, 

"Stella Dallas," In its fourth week 
at the Forum, took a sudden "nose 
dive," responsible for the picture 
coming out at the end of its sixth 
week. After the picture had drawn 
the class trade from Beverly Hills 
and Hollywood, Interest began to 
subside, as the youngsters and flap- 
per element did not thrill much 
about seeing this type of picture. 
The result was around a $4,000 drop 
over the preceding week. 

With rather a poor screen attrac- 
tion, "The Exquisite Sinner," the 
Criterion did not tumble as much 
as anticipated from the week De- 
fore, as a stage sketch sort of 
helped keep things going and en- 
abled the house to show around 
$600 profit on the week. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Metropolitan— "Let's Get Married" 
(F.P.-L.) (3,5'J5; 25-65). This picture* 
had it been properly handled, would 
have done remarkably well. How- 
ever, with wrong exploitation by 
house and through mouth-to-mouth 
advertising it picked up toward end 
o( week and finished with around 
$23,500. 

Million Dollar — "For Heaven's 
Sake" (F. P.-L.) (2,300; 25-85). 
This Harold Lloyd got bad break on 
final week. In last six days did 
around $8,500. Chaplin's "Gold 
Rush" had second run, and down- 
town showing started Thursday to 
good business. 

Grauman's Egyptian — "The Bltf 
Parade" (M.-G.-M.) (1.800; 50- 
$150). For 25th and next to last 
week, this war epic begun to pick 
up bit in trade, finishing with 
around $18,000. 

Loew's State — "Beverly of Grau- 
stark" (M.-G.-M.) (2,300; 25-$D« 
Capacity of houso taxed at almost 
every one of five daily perform- 
ances. with gross skirting close to 
$31\000. 

Criterion— "Exquisite Sinner" (M.- 
G.-M.) (1.S00; 25-35). Despite pic- 
ture none too good, stage act helped. 
Total of $3,S00. 

Forum— "Stella Dallas" (U. AJ 
(1.800; 25-75). Skidded early In 
fourth week, with total declining to 
around $10. r »00, leaving good margin 
of profit for hour.o. 

Figueroa — "Tho Skyrocket" (A. 
E.) (1.«'50; ^3-75). Peggy Hopkins 
Joyce has no seductive theatre 
drawing power locally. Picture was 
withdrawn after fli\«t week, when »t 
drew around ?7 1 0a. 
^Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



Wednesday, May 5, 1 926 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



the runaway; weak picture, 

sent r1v0u down to $20,882 



Broadway Houses Generally Off Last Week — "Other 
Women's Husbands" Made Good Showing at 
$16,671 — Specials Dropping Off and Going Out 



Business generally along the 
.fit was off last week. The ex- 
rtans were the Strand, with 
Modiste," above $36,500, and 
JPftaven's Sake," at the Rlalto, 
•Mch ran about $100 ahead of what 
Z Ad the previous week. 
H" the Capitol "Beverly of Grau- 
did $45,411.80, giving It 
!!JfW2 for the two weeks. At the 
pitMl business was shot to pieces, 
Stli20,882 tor "The Runaway," 
•hosting the box office effect of a 
JEJ* picture. "Other Women's 
SoSands," at Warners, made a 
S3' good showing with $16,671, 
Ij2e at the Colony "The Midnight 
gun* In 17 performances drew $20,- 

A^Btrong hold on the box office on 
the part of "The Sea Beast" was 
shown at the little Cameo, where 
the picture, after its $2 run and two 
vetks at the Strand at pop prices, 
got $5,460 in the little house. 

Seemingly all of the specials are 
pretty well done with the exception 
of The Big Parade," which is con- 
tinuing at the Astor, finishing its 
23d week with $19,424 to its credit. 
The picture has a balance on the 
profit tide of the ledger on the Astor 
ran alone of almost $130,000. Two 
of the others, "Stella Dallas" and 
"The Black Pirate," leave this week. 

"The Volga Boatman," at the 
Times Square, one of the later ar- 
rivals, Is faring better than thT most 
tt this time. 

"Mare Nostrum," at the Criterion, 
and "La Boheme," at the Embassy, 
teem to have shot their bolt and do 
not look as though they could con- 
tinue more than a couple of weeks 
at the irtost at the business they are 
now doing. "Ben-Hur," at the 
Cohan, dropped under $13,000. 

The success of the run of Harold 
Iioyd's "For Heaven's .Sake," at the 
Rlalto, seems to assure that house 
adopting a run policy at popular 
prices for the future. The picture 
on the first four weeks played to a 
total of $141,260, which showed 
close figuring on the part of the 
Publlx executives, who figured on 
$140,000 for the first four weeks. 
The picture has the current week 
and one more to follow, when Oilda 
Gray in person and her picture 
"Aleraa of the South Seas" come 
into the house. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Apollo— "Stella Dallas" (Goldwyn- 
V. A.) (1,300; $1.10-$2.20) (24th 
week). Final week. Business for 
Past six or eight weeks between 
$5,000 and $7,500 weekly, not enough 
to show profit. Last week slightly 
over $6,000. Capital gets picture 
May 1$. 

Astor— "The Big Parade" (M.-G.- 
M.) (l,120;e$1.10-$2.20) (24th week). 
No let up. Last week $19,424. First 
10 weeks profit utilized to pay off 
advance expense of advertising, etc. 
On balance of run profit of almost 
$130,000. 

Cameo— "The Sea Beast" (War- 
ners) (549; 50-75). After having 
nad long $2 top run at Warners, 
two weeks at Strand at popular 
Pnccs, picture came to little Cameo 
and played to $5,460 first week. Held 
ov«r. 

Capitol— "Beverly of Graustark" 
JCosmo-M.-G.-M.) (5,400; 50-$1.65). 
haA^? weeks feature Just topped 

ond $46 4n lr8t Week| * 56 ' 551 ; sec_ 

ii2 0, l! , !rr 4 i^ on - Hur " <m.-g.-m.> a- 

$1.10-$2.20) (19th week). Busi- 
J«M dropped off last week with 
ur « touch of spring; $12,362. 

•so- ii n ?r^ ,,,niKht Sun " < U > O'- 

JSi IU °-*2.20) (2d week). Opened 

■On iV nlght of week before last. 

' Performances drew $20,332.75. 
'inisnes week with revival of 

8?ni" ye ! r " old "Outsldo the Law" 
ounday for grind at pop prices. 

6nUnon-"Mare Nostrum" (M.- 
WeekV ti 60 ? ; *110-$2.20) (Uth 
shnWiJ: ? UR,ne8s dropped off. total 
""owing $8,033.50. 

embassy— "La Boheme" (M.-G.- 



\r v , ""^7 uoneme" (M.-G.- 
(600; $1.10-$2.20) (Uth week) 

if.** 6 alHO > 17.108.60. 
aioviV" , ^' or 1Ie aven'« Sake" 
StKl^,^ < 1 ^0; 35-50-75-99) 
comiJu V' Fourth ™ ek of Lloyd 
wii iu», oun<1 box om ce showing 
RohV ♦ e a . bove * 140.000, last week 
& to ^7.970, lift over week 
lar nrw . niM run P°"cy at popu- 
WhiS I , la th,n * for thlM bouse. 

set f« A ,c< ' rs HOe wnat th<? y cftn 

ment «k e,r * nd on lhls arrange- 

Rilofe; 11 b f/valtlng in line. 
(2 200 7- T h0 Hunaway" (F. P.) 
"hot 5°- ; ' u -<'»-99). Business all 
*oak ,Vi 4 Wtck> showing effect of 

CksT - A ' J ; la(k Wrato" (Palr- 
•ks-i, a ^ (1 080 . | 110 .$L'.20) 

Final week. Last week 



Nth" 1 " 11 - A > 



S t *^ n I lf ' r $13,000 



rtnd — "Mile. Modiste' 1 (1st N.) 



STREET BALLYHOO FOR 
^UMSHMENT" PICTURE 



Got $1,800 for 0. H/s New 
Film Policy in St. John — 
Prices Up for Lloyd 



(Drawing Pop., 80,000) 

St. John, N. B., May 4. 

Keen competition marked last 
week among the local picture 
houses. Added to the regular 
houses was the Opera* House, nor- 
mally legit. Due to scarcity of legit 
bookings owing to unsatisfactory 
business, the house has been turned 
over to pictures temporarily. 

In exploitation the bright spot 
was the work in behalf of "Capital 
Punishment," a Preferred produc- 
tion at the Opera House. A motor 
truck was hired and what purported 
to be a prison cell was built on top 
of it. Bordering the "cell" were 
painted signs reading "Capital Pun- 
ishment" (deformed spelling prob- 
ably). Inside the cell was an old 
fellow wearing a suit in which 
heavy stripes in black on a white 
background predominated. Inci- 
dentally, he was burdened with a 
flowing coffee strainer. An iron 
football and a chain were coupled 
to one of his ankles. The truck 
was driven through the streets for 
several days and nights prior to 
the opening of the film, and each 
day and night during the three 
days' engagement. At times the 
truck was parked about the city, 
where the exhibit would attract the 
most attention. 

But for an unfeeling weather man 
the gent with the stripes and the 
impediment might have been more 
valuable. Tho cold forced him to 
wear an overcoat at times. The 
ballyhoo stimulated business, many 
wishing to sec If "Capital Punish- 
ment" were a preachment for or 
against the gallows and the electric 
chair. 

Increases in price scales were 
plentiful last week. 

• Estimates For Last Week 

Imperial— (1,600; 25-50) "Classi- 
fied" (Ind.). Opening two days, 
proved collection of closeups by 
Corinne Griffith. Supplementing 
were films of local scenes produced 
by Canadian Government. Mani- 
fested more draw than feature 
Wednesday. "For Heaven's Sake" 
(F. p.) balance of week. Top 
boosted to even half plus tax. 
Lloyd better draw here than Chap- 
lin. $6,000. 

Unique — (850; 25) "The Midnight 
Express" (Col.) plus "Adventures of 
Mazie" and Pathe Review, first half. 
"Winds of Chance" (Ind.) and 
"Scarlet Streak" final haif. Second 
showing of "Winds of Chance" with- 
in three months. $1,100. 

Queen Square— (900; 35) "Kiki" 
first half, "My Own Pal" (Tom Mix) 
latter half. Price back to 25c for 
final half. $1,800. 

Palace -~(550; 20) "The Fool" 
(Fox) for Monday-Tuesday; "Rug- 
ged Waters" (F. P.) for Wednes- 
day-Thursday; "The Bad Lands' 
(P. D. C), western, for final shift. 
*550. 

Gaiety— (500; 20) "Black Cyclone" 
Monday-Tuesday; "The Fool" (Fox) 
for Tuesday- Wednesday; "Rugged 
Waters" (F. P.) for Friday -Satur- 
day. $600. M 

Opera House— (1,200; 15-35) "Cap- 
ital Punishment" (Preferred) first 
half; "Under Western Skies" (U.) 
closing three days. Unusual ex- 
ploitation helped business substan- 
tially for first half. For return to 
pictures this houso advertising 
more heavily than regular local 
picture houses. $1,800. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 

Lois Moran's Long Contract 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Lois Moran has signed a contract 
with Jesse L. Lasky. tying up her 
services exclusively for several 
years. 



(2,900; 35-50-76). Pulled corking 
week's business. $30.53*. 

Times So.— "Volga Boatman" (De 
Mille-P. I>. C.) (1.03C; $1.10-$2.20) 
(4th week). Also dropped off little, 
picture drawing largely from Rus- 
sians of lower east side, with special 
advertising campaign directed at 
them. Around $8.fi00. 

Warner — "Other Women's Hus- 
bands (Warners) (1.360; 50-75-99). 
For single week. $16,671. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, rnc.) 



Wonder Horse and Women 
Keep Army Man Busy 

San Francisco, May 4. 

Although he refused to consider a 
$30,000 contract to appear in motion 
pictures with his internationally 
famous horse, Captain Orville I. 
Clampltt, chaplain in the United 
States Army, says he has signed 
with a concern for the appearance of 
his horse, "Redhead," said to be the 
greatest jumping horse in the world. 

Several weeks ago Clampltt was 
acquitted of "ungentlemanly con- 
duct" with Lucille Swallow, a Kan- 
sas girl. Last week he occupied the 
front pages again following a raid 
upon a Santa Cruz, Cal.. hotel by an 
irate woman who charged that 
Clampltt was registered with an- 
other woman not his wife. Clam- 
pltt was in the hotel under the name 
of Jones. His alleged companion, a 
Mrs. Taber, was also in the hotel, in 
a separate room, registered a* ..Mrs. 
Helen Jones." 

Army officials are investigating 
this latest situation Involving the 
army chaplain. 



SUMMER PLUNGE 
FOR PHILLY, 

STANLEY, $23,000 



III 



Fox Best Off at $16, 
"Parade" Leaving — Stan- 
ton, $11; 



in 



Philadelphia, May 4. 

Just when that old one about 
"hope springing eternal in the hu- 
man breast" had local film people 
beginning to figure on business con- 
tinuing at a winter and early 
spring pace, along came a slump 
which drew no distinctions and 
played no favorites. One reason 
given was d yllgltf saving, another 
was some unusually warm days and 
nights. But the reaction was bound 
to come, and last week happened to 
be the time. 

The Stanley felt the slump to 
the tune of $2,500 to $3,000, and 
although "A . Social Celebrity" got 
good notices and its star, Menjou, 
even better ones, the week's figure 
was only about $23,000, consider- 
ably under the house average. This 
week started equally as bad, the 
first show Monday having a pitiful 
attendance. The Aldine also skid- 
ded and so badly that It was finally 
decided to take out "The Big Pa- 
rade" this week, giving it 20 in all, 
and the city's long run record for 
a picture. Last week It hardly 
topped $10,500. 

The Stanton did not fare as badly 
as the Stanley and Aldine, but the 
Lloyd picture, "For Heaven's Sake," 
did not do as well as Borne recent 
Lloyd pictures. Just how much ef- 
fect "Grass," also on the bill, has 
would be hard to estimate. How- 
ever, it is probable that four weeks 
will be enough, possibly only three. 
The Arcadia expected to keep 
"That's My Baby," the Douglas 
MacLean farce, in indefinitely, but 
this, too, was hit badly, and despite 
bully notices was withdrawn at the 
end of the week. The Karlton was 
equally bad with $2,000 for "Bor- 
rowed Finery." 

The Fox had as its picture fea- 
ture "Yellow Fingers," but counted 
heavily, too, on Cliff Edwards - 
( Ukulele Ike) and Raymond's Fa- 
gan's orchestra. The combination 
managed to wield some influence, 
especially later In the week, and the 
gross was around $16,000. 

This week's layout Includes 
"Irene" at the Stanley, "The Crown 
of Lies" at the Karlton, "The Dancer 
from Paris" at the Arcadia and 
"Stella Marls" at the Fox. All four 
are in for single weeks only. The 
Stanley, in addition to the picture, 
has a program of more than usual 
variety. Josef Pasternlck returns 
as "guest conductor," and is heav- 
ily billed, while Helen Yorke has a 
vocal offering, and Albertlna Rasch 
presents a dance novelty. The Fox 
has "Ukulclo Ike," held over, and 
Irving Aaronson's Commanders 
(band). 

Next week the Aldine will offer 
"La Boheme," booked indefinitely, 
but hardly likely to make any such 
run as "The Big Parade" did. The 
scale of prices will be the same. 
There have been rumors flying 
around of the booking of "The Bln^k 
PirHt«i" to follow for a try at sum- 
mer continuamo, but nothing offi- 
cial as yet. The Stanton Is to get 
"Stella Dallas." so the reportH have 
It. probably after the Harold Lloyd 
picture, and "The Volga Boatman" 
Is another special supposed to come 
In this spring. 

Latest reports have all the Stan- 
ley downtown houses, Including the 
Arcadia and Aldine, trying to keep 
open through July and August, 



RECORD HEAT KILLED' FRISCO; 
GRANADA HIGH BUT LOW AT $17, 




Warfield, with "Monte Carlo/ 9 Couldn't Do Over 
$15,000— "Stella Dallas" Opened to Bad Break 
at Imperial, $10,000 



MILWAUKEE; GOOD WEEK 
$18,000-$15,000-HIGHS 

Stage Orchestra Sends Wis- 
consin Into Lead — "Sea 
Beast" Took 2-Week Record 



Milwaukee, May 4. 

For the first time in many months 
Milwaukee is again becoming a 
"second week" town. Three pic- 
tures within the last month have 
been held over for a second week 
in the downtown sector. The Mer- 
rill started with "For Heaven's 
Sake," then the Aihambra held over 
"The Sea Beast" and now the Mer- 
rill repeats again with "Torrent." 

Weather is warm and attendance 
at theatres increasing. 

Aihambra— "Sea Beast" (3.000; 
50). Second week. Close to $15,000. 
Biggest attraction at this U. house 
in years. Shattered all records for 
two-week stay. 

Garden— (1,200; 25-50) "Combat" 
Around $3,500, conservative esti- 
mate. This house has not done 
much -since opening but held steady 
patrons weekly. 

Merrill— "Torrent" (1,000; 25-50). 
Hearst advertising and publicity 
made holdover. Around $8,500 good 
for this smaller house of Saxe 
chain. 

Strand —"Unguarded Hour" (1,- 
200; 25-50). Appearance of Mara- 
jah, mystic. In addition to picture 
program necessitated two morning 
matinees for women only. Shot 
gross around $10,000. One of best 
weeks of season. 

Wisconsin — "Dancer of Paris" (3,- 
500; 60-60). Coon-Sanders' Orch- 
estra did much in building up Wis- 
consin business for week, putting 
it at head of Milwauk:e drawing 
list. Over $18,000. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, I no.) 



'KLONDIKE' AT $16,800 
LOW AT STATE, N. 0. 



New Orleans, May 4. 

The stand-out among local films 
last week was "For Heaven's Sake," 
crowding the Strand for all night 
performances. It Is being held over. 
"The New Klondike," with Tom 
Mcighan starred, and written by 
Ring Lardner, failed to strike the 
fancy of the Loew State patrons, 
deflecting the receipts downward to 
under $17,000. 

"The Sea Beast" proved its worth 
during a second week, doubling the 
Liberty's usual gross. An added at- 
traction during the engagement was 
Don Philllpinl's augmented or- 
chestra, the Don being a feature all 
by his lonesome. 

Estimates For Last Week 

Loew's State— (3,600; 60) "New 
Klondike." Considered only fairly 
good here. $16,800. 

St ra n d— (2.200; 75). "For 
Heaven's Sake." Appealing to all. 
$9,300. 

Liberty— (1,800; 75) "Sea Beast" 
Did better second week than any 
otlier picture in years. Bettered 
$8,700. 

Tudor — (800; 40) "Johnstown 
Flood." Extra booming for this one 
sent receipts to $2,800. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Ine.) 



banking on the Sesqul and conven- 
tion crowds. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Stanley (4.000; 35-50-75)— "A So- 
cial Celebrity" (F.-P.). Fine notices, 
especially for star, could not hold 
this one up against existing condi- 
tions; result, $23,000; quite low for 
house. 

Aldine (1.500; $2)— "The Big Pa- 
rade" (M.-G.; final week). Com- 
pletes Just three days short of 20 
weeks, local film record; slumped 
badly last week to about $10,500. 

8tanton (1.700; 3:>-. r ,0-75) — "For 
Heaven's Sake" (F.-P.; 2d week). 
Took a drop, but not as bad as 
some; around $11,000, probably un- 
der; should stick four weeks in all; 
"Grass" also on bill. 

Arcadia (800; HO) — "That's My 
Baby" (F.-P). Kxpected to stick 
for run. but f illed uVspKe good no- 
tice*, und was withdrawn Saturday; 
under $2,500. 

Karlton (1,100; 50) — "Borrowed 
Firv ry"; also bad, with about $2,000. 

Fox n.000; 99) — 'Yellow Fingers" 
(Vox). Pictures held up by Ukulele 
Ike .v«d Raymond Fa can's orches- 
tra; did not suffer from nlump as 
much as others; around $16,000. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



San Francisco, May 4. 
Decidedly an off week among the 
first run picture houses last week. 
Not one got near the play at the 
box offices that might ordinarily 
be expected. The principal reason 
was the bad break at the beginning 
of the week when a hot spell, an- 
no jnced by the weather bureau to 
be the most torrid experienced In 
any April for 40 years, hit the town. 
The heat wave broke Friday. Sat- 
urday and Sunday immediately fol- 
lowing were genuine scorchers. 
Sunday saw its peak and the 
Waterloo of the picture house box 
office statements. It was not until 
Wednesday that normal coolness 
set in. 

The Granada, with "A Social 
Celebrity," held the lead by a slight 
margin, but it was nothing to brag 
about. Its gross was below a nor- 
mal average. The Warfield came 
second with "Monte Carlo," an in- 
different subject, mildly amusing. A 
great stage show failed to offset 
the competition of the heat. 

A disappointment was the open- 
ing week of "Stella Dallas" at the 
Imperial, where the first three daya 
totaled hardly more than $6,000. 

Estimates for Last Week 

California (2,400; 65-90), "The 
New Commandment" (F, N.). Busi- 
ness slipped back to normal aver- 
age. Heat hurt; $10,000. 

Granada (2,734; 65-90), "A Social 
Celebrity" (F. P.). Adolphe Menjou 
always a draw here. Under ordi- 
nary conditions feature probably 
would have grossed a substantial 
total. Gross little under average: 
$17,000. 

Imperial (1,300; 65-90), "Stella 
Dallas" (U. A.). Opening, expected 
to be rather sensational, proved 
failure In money. Critics raved, but 
public didn't respond. Heat wave / 
also kept them away. Week 
hardly up to average; $10,000. 

8t Francis (1,400 ; 66-90), "Klkl" 
(F. N.). Third and final week con- 
tinued to, slip. Failure of subject to 
catch on unexplained surprise: 
$10,000. 

Warfield (2,840; 66-90), "Monte 
Carlo" (M.-U.-M.). Ordinary pic- 
ture of little interest, but fine stage 
act in conjunction called "Russian 
Ideas." Combination failed to get 
Warfield patrons to usual number 
and receipts slipped into second 
place; $15,000. 
(Copyright* 1926, by Variety, Ine.) 



ill 



'BROWN' TOP AT $14, 
COLLEGE FILM STRONG 



Talmadge and Lloyd Hold- 
overs— 'Sea Beast/ 3d Week 
at Rialto 



Washington, May 4. 

(Estimated White Population, 
380,000) 

With two of the houses having 
hold-overs U was a battle between 
Norma Talmadge in "Kiki" at the 
Metropolitan, with a soprano, as an 
added attraction, and "Brown of 
Harvard" at the Palace with noth- 
ing extra on the stage, and the col- 
lege play turned In top money. 

"The Sea Beast." at the Rlalto, 
third week, did the normal, while 
Harold L,loyd in a second week at 
the Columbia showed sufficient 
strength by Wednesday to hold 
over. 

Weather broke beautifully, with 
several large conventions aiding. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Columbia — Harold Lloyd In "For 
Heaven's Sake" (F. P.). (1.232; 36- 
60.) Topped any second week's) 
business of season. $11,500. 

Metropolitan — Norma Talmadge 
in "Kiki" (1st N.), with Doris Mor- 
row> soprano. (1,542; 35-50). (2d 
week.) $12,500. 

Palace — "Brown of Harvard" (M- 
G-M). (2,432; 35-50.) Exploited 
from every possible angle. Response 
Indicates demand for college pic- 
tures, If not overdone in number. 
Good. $14,000. 

Rialto --"Sea Beast" (Warners). 
(1.97X; 35-50.) Surprise at this 
house running anything for three 
weeks. Near $7,000. 

This Week 

Columbia, "For lleavm'i Sake* 
(3d w^ck); Metropolitan, "Other 
Woman's HusrbandN"; Palace. "The 
Runaway"; Rialto, "Gilded Butter- 
fly." 

(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



VARIETY 



SAM KATZ SAID 
"CAN I GET?" 

NICK SCHENCK SAID 
"O. K." 
SO HE 

GOT ! 




SGItBfiCK ¥%*5nnk SBCUBBO 



KB ii« 

O? 0T3? 




.... .,„iw PRESIDENT 



BID. TBWTBES 

ON ITS WAY! 

METRO - GOLDWYN - MAYER'S 
PARADE OF HITS FOR 1926-27 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



PICTURES 

GOD HELP US IF YOU DON'T BRING HOME 
THE BACON," SAID SPRING TO SALESMEN 



First National's Secretary's "Hot" Advice — Tells 
Convention in Chicago to Get Better Prices for 
Film— "Good Salesman One Who Can Sell Bad 
Pictures." Spring Also Said — Talks 'Cold Turkey* 



Chicago, May 4. 
Spring, secretary- treasurer 
,( first National Pictures, made a 
ggtch in the ballroom of the Drake 
Botd on the opening day of the con- 
vestion of its salesmen here. Mr. 
gprtaf made a long speech "steam - 
iaf up" ths boys, promising rewards 
for tbi real go-getters and hinting 
at the axe for the non- producers 
UDonf the sales force. He stressed 
totter prices for First National 
product 

"Make the exhibitor squeal, holler 
and yell, make him call for the po- 
liot and the Are department but get 
batter prices," Mr. Spring said, and 
continued, "the good salesman Is the 
om who can sell the poor pictures; 
anyone can sell the good ones." 

Numerous speakers including 
Robert Lelber of Indianapolis, presi- 
dent of First National. Mostly the 
speeches were the usual line of hok- 
um dished out at "pep" meetings. 



GEORGE GIVOT 

The Panting Singer" 




But Spring talked cold turkey. He 
admitted Metro-Gold wyn- Mayer had 
eclipsed First National of late in 
specials but claimed they were going 
to see it "didn't happen again. He 
concentrated a lot of attention on 
the new series of " action" pictures 
saying, "the selling force asked for 
westerns and were giving them 
what they want; God help us all if 
you don't bring home the bacon." 

Popular First National Actors 

Speaking of First National con- 
tracts with actors he referred to 
Charlie Murray as a featured player 
they were going to plug. The sales- 
men applauded loudly for Murray, 
also for Jack Mulhall. Eulogistic 
mention of Ben Lyon as the "sheik" 
didn't enthuse the sales boys. 

Mr. Spring conceded that success- 
ful salesmanship involved a large 
degree of "murder'' but told the 
salesmen not to be sorry for the 
exhibitors as "if you gave them a 
picture for nothing they would want 
you to throw in a projection ma- 
chine to run it.' 



SHEA'S OUTSIDE PICTURE 
GOT BUFFALO $30,000 



screening, was substituted and sent 
in cold to finish the week. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Isis (700 ; 40) — Sally ONeil suf- 
fered from too much Charley Mur- 
ray, latter stealing the picture, but 
Tnpoka fans like Murray. Result 
little better than average, though 
not as good as expected. About ! 
$1,700. 

Orpheum (900; 30)— "Moana" did 
not hit spot, with Topekans liking 
its predecessor, "Nanook." Failed 
to outbid fine summer weather. 
Last half, mix on Mix picture re- 
sulted in more of name. Business 
bare $1,0C0. 

Cozy (400r 30)— "Oh! What a 
Nurse" proved oh what a flop. Dis- 
appointed everyone, even the box 
office. Total, $900. 

Gem (500; 15)— "The Air Mall" 
and Adolphe Me-njou" in second run 
of "Lost— A Wife." got about $S00. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



Warners' "Sea Beast" Used 
as Example for Local Control 
of Picture House Operation 



TOPEKA'S SOUR WEEK- 
LlSr TO THE SQUAWKS 



Laying Off Syd Chaplin— Tom 
Mix's Mix-Up— $1,700 
High at Isis 



Home Again 
Whsre I Started 

HcVICKER8\ CHICAGO 
Opened May 3rd as 
Master of Ceremonies 
With New Trousers 
"•AT IT WITH PANTS" 



(Drawing Population, 70,000) 

Topeka, Kans., May 1. 

First break into summer weather 
brought almost summer business. 

Syd Chaplin in "Oh! What a 

Nurse," may have had the weather 

to buck and then again he may have 

only had the fact that the fans are 
tired of seeing his almost vulgar 
slapstick In women's clothes. While 
' Mike," over at the Isis, waa piling 
up a little prolit, the Cozy went into 
the red on what was supposed to 
be one of Warner's specials. 

A bad break in the booking was 
given as the reason for a 40 per cent 
falling off in business at the Or- 
pheum. Tom Mix's "Yankee Senor" 
was booked In for the last half and 
advertised big with special stunts 
and good newspaper space, free and 
paid, but a tangle in the method of 
shipment from the Fox exchange 
resulted in it not reaching the screen 
In time for the opening matinee. 
"His People," in the booth for 



Ceiling Falls Down 
At Savoy, Wilkes-Barre 



Wilkes- Barre, Ta., May 4. 

A dozen people were injured here 
Monday when a section of the plas- 
ter ceiling of the Savoy fell, a few 
minutes after 1 p. m., during the 
showing of the Thomas Meighan 
film. "The Klondike." 

The first afteanoon show had just 
about got under way when, with- 
out warning, a ripping sound was 
heard overhead and muscles of 
plaster were seen showering down 
from the dome of the house. A mo- 
ment later the entire strip ripped 
loose. 

The quick thinking of policeman 
Michael Conway probably averted a 
panic. The officer was outside when 
the crash occurred. He quickly 
fought his way through the jam to 
throw open the doors leading to the 
spacious alley alongside of the the- 
atre. 

Of the 12 injured, eight were re- 
moved to hospitals. Four of these 
were later sent home. 

The r.ccident is believed to have 
been caused by the vibrations set 
up by a large electric motor housed 
under the stage and used to oper- 
ate the bellows on the symphony 
organ. 



F. P. May Take Nellie's 
"Stripes and Scars 



Nellie Revell has written another 
original story for pictures, called 
"Stripes and Scars." Walter Wan- 
der for Famous Players has an op- 
tion on the story, immediately 
taken after he had gone over the 
script. 

The first title was "Scars and 
Stripes," but waa reversed through 
the possible thought of a play upon 
"Stars and Stripes." 



Buffalo. M iy 1. 

Mike Shea, Buffalo's m um an 
showman, is right, as usual. J/ist 
week he plugged another hole in the 
argument of his opponents against 
allowing him free rein in the ope- 
ration of his Buffalo houses. Shea s 
attitude in favor of nanus as 
against presentations waa about 
clinched by the situation here last 
week. In addition it begins to look 
as though local option in the mat- 
ter of theatre operation beats cen- 
tralized control — and the box office 
is the thing that proves it. 

The Buffalo last week featured 
"The Sea Beast," the second non- 
Famous Players picture at the 
house pince its opening. Business 
started with a rush and continued 
strong all week with capacity 
houses the rule. The house went at 
leasi $7,000 over the preceding 
week's llgure. There is no question 
but what the draw was due solely 
to the John Barrymore feature. 

Last Week's Estimates 

Buffalo— (3,600; 30-45-60.) "Sea 
Beast." Picture had town talking. 
Business pyramiding steadily to ca- 
pacity at end of week. The Barry- 
more name and the excellence of 
film solely responsible for gross. 
$30,000. 

Hip — (2,400; 60.) "For Heaven's 
Sake" (2d week). Lloyd feature 
tailed to hold up in second week. 
Taking fell off over $10,000 from 
liist week. Gross for second week 
stands $6,000 less than second 
week of "The Freshman" at same 
house. Last week's gross $14,000. 

Loew's — (3,400; 35-50.) "Tony 
Runs Wild" and vaudeville. Tom 
Mixes continues sure business-get- 
ter. Week's figure represents steady 
business. $15,000. 

Lafayette — (3,400; 35-50.) "Gilded 
Buttei Uy" and vaudeville. Card pre- 
sented splendid vaudeville, but pic- 
ture detracted. Business dropped 
under preceding week to about 
$16,000. 

(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



I III 



Sues Barber for $36,1 
He Whirled Her 'Round 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
Mrs. Marion Talinadge entered 
suit against "Doc" White, Hedondo 
Beach barber, for $36,056, the 
amount she thought due her after 
she had been whirled around in a 
barber chair while getting a hair 
bob and shampoo. She complained 
that she was thrown out of the 
(hair and suffered a fracture of the 
leg. 



CROSLAND AND BARRYMORE 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Alan Crosland has been engaged 
by United Artists to direct both the 
pictures in which John Barrymore 
will appear. * 



Alice Calhoun's Expiring Contract 
Los Angeles, May 4» 
Alice Calhoun's contract with 
Warner Brothers, which expires 
May 6, will not be renewed. 



VARIETY 9 

June Math is Recovered 
And Starting Picture 

Los AngeU May 4. 

Jun-> Mathis returns hev front 
New York this week alter a long 
illness. She will be the first 
ol the Fust National executives to 
produce a picture at The new studied 
now under const ruelion at liurhank, 
with her new unit with Sylvano 
F'alJ.oni, her husband, directing. 
Work will start about June 15, mak- 
ing "Sinners in 1\ i radise." 

Those who will be in the cast in- 
clude Anna Q. Nil son, Lewis Stone, 
George Sidney and Charles Murray. 

The second company which will 
get away there is to be Q B. P. 
Fiiieinan unit and will make his 
story from a current Broadway 
success. 



£. V. RICHARDS RACK 

K. V. Richards returned to New 
York last week, leaving the next 
day with his folks for their New 
Orleans home. 

Whilo away, the Richards re- 
ceived word of the death of Mrs. 
Richards' mother. Shortly before 
leaving the other Hide, E. V. waa 
taken ill, and had lost 14 pounds by 
the time he reached New York, fully 
recovered. 



The Only "New" 
Thing in 
Picture House 
Entertainment 

THE 

PAUL ASH 
POLICY 

a§ Presented at 

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By 




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Produced by 
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PAUL 




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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 5, 1928 



KHTH-ALBEE DICKERING WITH 
P. D. C. FOR PICTURE CONNECTION 



Vaudeville People Reported Adverse to Investing 
Money — P. D. C. Rumored to Figure Connection 
Good One — K-A Not in Unison on Scheme 



J. T. SNEE, HOUSE MGR. 
PLACED UNDER ARREST 



Kcith-Albee has been dickering 
with the Producers' Distributing 
Corporation for a direct connection 
between the vaudeville and picture 
concerns. K-A. from accounts, do 
not want to invest any money in 
P. D. C, thereby hinging the ne- 
golations, variously reported as 
having been closed but understood 
to be still on the fire. 

While the P. D. C. people look 
upon the Keith-Albee association as 
desirable, it Is said they do not in- 
tend to let in K-A gratis. 

Another barrier to the consum- 
mation of the deal Is reported as 
the division of opinion amongst the 
K-A heads on the subject. One of 
the leading officials of the K-A or- 
ganization is for the proposition, 
claiming it Is vital >to the future 
of the K-A business. Another and 
just as important a head waves 
aside any mention of importance 
and does not appear over-anxious 
to oven talk it over. 

Picture men, as a rule, attach 
considerable Importance to a K-A 
connection, with the exception that 
they agree K-A to be of value to a 
picture alliance must go whole- 
heartedly into It, with their influ- 
ence and money. This latter Is 
looked upon as unlikely, K-A in the 
past having turned down all picture 
propositions that involved an outlay 
by them of money other than rent- 
als, with their Ideas on rentals for 
films not being liberal. 

That the Kelth-Albee houses are 
and have been badly pressed for 
film service la well known In the 
trades. 



PEECY HEATH GUILD PEES. 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Percy Heath was elected presi- 
dent of the Screen Writers' Guild 
for the coming year, succeeding 
Rupert Hughes. Maud Fulton is 
vice-president; Ewart Adamson, 
secretary, and Edward Montagne, 
treasurer. Heath is head of the F. 
B. O. scenario department. 



FABIANS BUY NEWARK'S 
BRATTER-POLLACK 



Spencer, !a^ Votes for "Sunday" 

Spencer. Ia., May 4. 
Sunday moving pictures carried in 
Spencer at a special election by a 
majority of 150 votes. 



Bridgeport, May 4. 
John Thomas Snee, 82, manager 
of a local theatre, arrested April 29, 
faces prosecution on a aerious 
charge of criminal assault. He has 
been placed under $2,000 bond and 
his case turned over to tho Bureau 
of Investigation. Snce la a brother 
of Andrew Snee, arrested recently 
while attempting to rob a North 
End drugstore, and who confessed 
to other burglaries. 



WM. FOX LEA VINO COAST 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
William Fox and Saul E. Rogers, 
vice-president and general counsel 
for Fox Films, are leaving here 
this week for New York. 



Portland, Ore, "Tough 

Portland, Ore, May 4. 

The State Board of Censors has 
banned "Sandy," Fox film, from 
the local Blue Mouse. By the time 
the censors got through with the 
film It was well deleted. 

This makes the second feature In 
two months to be kept out, "That 
Koyle Girl." at the Majestic recent- 
ly, being the other. 



. James- Blackton Mfcrriage 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Gardner James, screen Juvenile, 
will marry Marlon Blackton, daugh- 
ter of Commodore J. Stuart Black- 
ton, Warner Brothers director. Miss 
Blackton Is a scenario writer for 
Warners. 



OFF F. B. 0. LOT 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
All producing units except F. B. 
O. productions have left the F. 13. O. 
Studio. Monty Banks took his com- 
pany to the Hal Roach lot, Harry 
Garsson Is slated to tako Lefty 
Flynn to the Nellan studio, while 
Douglas MacLcan and Larry Se- 
mon are both hunting new studio 
locations. 



DOROTHY FABNUM SIONS 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Dorothy Farnum, writer, has en- 
tered into a new one year's con- 
tract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 

Miss I'arnum Is the wife of 
Maurice Barber, general manager 
of the Cinema Finance Corp. 



PEGGY JOYCE'S PICTURES 
AND POWERS' CONTRACT 



Los Angeles'. May 4 
Peggy Joyce Is under contrac t to 
make another picture for Pat Pow- 
ers, but It is understood tho pro- 
ducer will release her from the ob- 
ligation. 

According to reports Miss Joyc* 
has an ofTer from a French Mm con- 
cern to go to France and make a 
picture based on the life of Gaby 
Deslys. At the present time another 
picture with the same title is being 
mode over there. 

In case Miss Joyce doesn't want 
to go abroad and make a picture, it 
is said that Stanley Comstoek 
multi-millionaire and financier, to 
whom Miss Joyce is reported to be 
engaged to marry, may finance a 
company for her. 



Technicol- Educational 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Eugene Roth, producer of TechnU 
color films, has signed with Educa* 
tlonal for the distribution of hi* 
pictures. 

Arthur Maude is directing. 



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Gems* 



any 
1926-1927 

"TIFFANY" IN MOTION PICTURES REPRESENTS 
WHAT "TIFFANY* STANDS FOR IN PRECIOUS JEWELS, 

Famous (Authors, fPUaf Wrights .Directors) 
and Players oAll tiffany Quality 



1st Nat'l Expansion— Neigh- 
borhood and Suburban Thea- 
tres — Partnership Deal 



Newark, N. J., May 4. 
The Fabians have purchased BO 
per cent, interest In five theatre? 
belonging to Bratter & Pollack and 
their associates. The houses are all 
new residential and suburban thea- 
tres and represent the Fabians' first 
holdings of neighborhood theatres. 
Tiny are tho Embassy. Orange 
(2,.iC0), and the Hawthorne (1.000), 
on Hawthorne avenue, Newark, 
both recently opened; Harrison, 
East Orange (2,000), Oritanl, Hack- 
ensack (2,100), and Roosevelt, Clin- 
ton avenue, Newark (2,'JOO), all 
under construction. Several have 
stores and offices and are in most 
desirablo locations. 

Louis Cic'.ding if Interested In 
several of the houses. lie ami the 
other interests each sold one-half 
of their holdings, so that the rela- 
tion of the original owners to each 
other remains the same. The Fabi- 
ans assume all control and man- 
agement of the theatres. 

The Golding interests elsewhere 
are not Involved. Nono of the 
Stern houses in which Golding and 
others have a share Is concerned. 
Fred Falkner had no connection 
whatever with the deal. It is un- 
derstood, however, that Falknor is 
considering selling to tho Fabians 
his houses in Montclair, Madison 
and Caldwell. He was formerly 
general manager for the Fabians, 
and their relations are cordial. 

While this deal, whi.-h 1« salt, to 
have Involved $:1.000.00D, is an- 
nounced a < purely a Fabian affair, 
it is really part of the First Na- 
Urinal poliey of expansion. F. X. 
has now not only dominance in the 
];ir;;iT cities herea I on ts, but also a 
toe-hold in the residential districts 
M Newark. Only Joseph Stern 
viands in the way of '■onip!< te con- 
trol of the residential and subur- 
ban districts of Newark. A. M. 
Fabian has recently been made a 
member t»f the executive committee 
of five of F. N., so that a Fabian 
move of this sort is accepted as a 
bit of First National strategy. 1 




That Model From Paris 
Flaming Timber 
Fools of Fashion 
The Tempest 
One Hour of Love 
Wives 
Sin Cargo 
Squads Right 
The Steeplechase 
The Tiger 




Lightning 

The Song of Steel 

The Enchanted Island 

Husband Hunters 

Snowbound 

The Life of a Woman 

Raging Seas 

Top of the World 

The Squared Ring 

Tale of a Vanishing People 



Franqfiised and Distributed Nationally 
Through Tiffany Exchanges Everywhere 





tiffany productions, Inc. 



b,H. HOFFMAN. VictTnstimt 



1540 BROADWAY 



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PICTURES 



VARIETY 



11 



DISCOVERING" NEW TOWNS FOR 
PICTURE UNIT PRESENTATIONS 



ur Spizzi's Circuit Extended to 10% Weeks- 
Lining Up Summer Bills to Locate Any Errors in 
$1,000 Weekly Bill in 1,000-S eater 



pother two and a half weeks 
w T a been added to Arthur Spizzl'B 
picture house circuit, with the fol- 
kjwlnf houses and towns as new 
-taads: Virginia. Clifton Forge, Va.; 
* Camden. Parkersburg, Va.; HIppo- 
*4rca«. Marietta. O.; Creamic. East 
Liverpool, O.; and the Opera house, 
^s/aynesburg, Pa. 
These are split week houses, aug- 
. renting an already aligned eight 
. veeks. All are to play the Spizzl 

picture house units. 
V This is another instance of the 
' picture field "discovering" plenty of 
sew towns for the show business. 
Almost every 900 or 1,000-seat house 
can afford at least a $700 to $1,000 a 
bill of extra acts. The Splzzi 



plan of rotating a unit in the lesser 
' bouses where big attractions and 
"names" are economically prohibit- 
ed Is interesting exhibitors who for- 
merly played acta haphazardly. 

Spizzl is going against the general 
run of things in fooling around 
with the unit idea in tho face of 
warm weather. His idea is to knead 
out any kink of organization during 
the off season in order to have ev- 
erything functioning properly in the 
fall when an error in policy would 
be costly. 

Spizzl Is also arranging his book- 
ings on the theory that competition 
la small towns demands something 
to swing the balance one way or 
another. Where a town theatrically 
Is "sewed up" by on« group or in- 
dividual, the natives must accept 
what is offered and so the theatre 

< would not be Interested. Where 
there are two to four rival theatres 

; m a small city, one is usually de- 

(alrous of playing the unit presen- 
tations for box -office purposes. 

Schfldkraut Still Trying; 
Though Wife Is OflPn Him 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Indications are that Joseph 
Schlldkraut, screen actor, now 
working for De Mille, and his wife, 

' Bloise Bartlett, will not get to- 
gether, as Miss Bartlett is ready to 
•all for Europe on the Olympic, 
May 8. About two weeks ago 

. Schlldkraut, who sort of likes pub- 
llcity, told his press agents his wife 
was coming back to him. He said 

^ he had spent almost $700 in long- 
distance calls to New York in in- 
4tt£lng her to do so. 

; ^Something happened, for Schild- 
■raut told the story around that 
"tile thing had fallen through. 
/About 10 days apo he again said 

*%ls wife was on her way. The next 

^ day it was another story aprain. 

*. Hla wife had finally decided that 



she did rot care to have any more 
of his "cave man stun*," and is said 
to have told him over the phone 
that she was through for good and 
going to Europe. 

Schlldkraut has not lost his pa- 
tience or given up hope. He will 
try again. 



DIRECTOR WANTS $101, 



Lionel 8terling vs. Murray A. Fay 
Prod. — South Seas Trip Basis 



San Francisco, May 4. 

Another Los Angeles picture di- 
rector has a grievance against a 
local motion picture concern and 
has carried his troubles into court. 
The plaintiff is Lionel Sterling, who 
asks $101,000 from the Murray A. 
Kay Productions, Inc. 

Sterling charges that last August 
he was engaged by the defendant 
concern to cut. edit and put in 
shape for exhibition 30,000 feet of 
film taken on the trip of the old 
whaler Narwhal on a pilgrimage 
through the South Seas. 

In his bill of particulars, Sterling 
says he was to receive $1,000 on 
completion of his work and one- 
third of the gross receipts above 
$50,000. He charges he failed to 
get any money at all. 



FILM MANAGERS FINED 
FOR ADMITTING MINORS 



Two women and two men were 
fined in the Court of Special Ses- 
sions on their pleas of guilty to 
admitting minors to motion picture 
houses. The Justices warned the 
defendants that they would he 
given prison te:ms if convicted of 
the same offense in the future. 

Gertrude Orange, cashier, and 
Frederick Wagner, doorman of the 
7'Jth Street theatre, at 79th ytreei 
and Second avenue, were arrvsu d 
April 9 by agents of the Children's 
Society after the latter had ob- 
served several children being ad- 
mitted to the theatre unaccom- 
panied by adults. They were fined 
$25 each. 

Olga Civardi, cashier, and Talia- 
ferri Attlllo, manager, of tho Ray 
theatre at 2o09 8th avenue, were 



arrested by Policewoman Wjlheml- 
na Lawless of the 14th precinct on 
April 15, after the latter had seen 
the cashier sell a ticket to a minor 
ond the manager pass the child into 
the theatre. Miss Civardi was 
fined $1'5 while the manager wan 
assessed $100. 



Forum Ties Up with 

M.-G.-M/s Specials 

Los Angeles. May 4. 

John P. Ooring. managing direc- 
tor of the Forum, made a deal with 
Mciro-viuldwyn-Mayer in New York, 
wlu-rehy his house will play all of 
tho bigger and special features that 
that organization will release as 
first runs in I^os Angeles. 

The first run pictures to open at 
the house will be "La Boheme," fol- 
lowing a six-week stay of "Stella 
Dallas," on May 13. 

Goring is expected back from New 
York this week. 



WARNER BR08. Present 

"Hell-Bent 
Fer Heaven" 

WUh PAT8Y RI'TII MIFXFK and 
JOHN HAKKON 
CoatlAttdu* at Popalur FrlcM 

WARNERD 

¥¥ THEATRE 1X1 
■•. B'srayy Near 02nd 81. 



BROADWAY 
AT 
47TH ST. 



SHARK , f\ 
tranD 

'THE GREATER GLORY" 

CONWAY TEA RLE. ANNA Q. NILSSON 
oi** Ber,l » , « Honeymoon rove Song 
AT PKACK WITH THK WORLD" 

STRAND SYMPHONY ORCIIKSTHA 



BROADWAY AT 
S 1ST ST. 



CAPITOL 

BROWN OF HARVARD 

With ALL-STAR CAST 
Fam on h Capitol Program 
CAPITOL GRAND ORCHESTRA 

L O E W ' H 

& METROPOLITAN 

U «tb- St. Brooklyn 
IU0X BEACH'S 

'THE BARRIER" 

With a Oruat Binr Cast 
VAUDEVILLE 



New Issue 



$2,000,000 

Motion Picture Capital Corporation 

Five Year 6% Convertible Sinking Fund Debentures 

Series A 



To be dated April 1, 1926 



To mature April 1, 1931 



Coupon debentures in denominations of $1,000. Interest payable April 1st and October 1st without deduction for the Nor- 
mal Federal Income Tax up to 2 c /e. Redeemable as 4 whole at the option of the company on any interest payment date 
upon thirty days' notice at 105. Principal and interest payable in United States gold coin at the office of the Seaboard 
National Bank,* Trustee. The company agrees upon appropriate application to refund to holders resident in those states, 
Pennsylvania. Connecticut and Massachusetts taxes not exceeding in each year $4. $4 and $3.60 per $1,000 debenture 
respectively but more than one such state tax oa the same bond for the same year will not be assumed or refunded. 

Frank R. Wilson, Esq., President of Motion Picture Capital Cor- 
poration, has summarized as follows his Utter dated April 20, 1926. 

HISTORY AND GROWTH: Motion Picture Capital Corporation began business in September, 1923, 

* with $100,000 working capital. During its early history a few private 

investors furnished the Corporation with additional capital from time to time as its operations demon- 
strated its earning power and the soundness of its business. At the present time there is issued and out- 
standing 24,536 shares of preferred stock, $25 par value, and 175,464 shares of common stock without 
par value. The common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1925 the Corporation 
acquired the Cinema Finance Corporation of Los Angeles. This Company has a cash capital of approxi- 
mately $400,000 and its operation up to a recent date showed a surplus of $200,000. As of March 31, 
1926, the combined Companies had a working capital and surplus of $2,842,334.30. 

BUSINESS: Motion Picture Capital Corporation acts in a financial capacity within the motion picture 
* industry. It does not produce nor distribute pictures, but loans to producers and others 
on collateral. Its activities touch various branches of the industry but are chiefly concerned with motion 
picture production. 

EARNINGS AND ASSETS: The earnings of the Company have increased continuously from or- 

■ " ganization, but owing to the rapid increase in the amount of capital 

employed a statement of its annual earnings does not give full significance to the earning capacity of the 
company. The combined monthly earnings on an accrual basis, which have been maintained since 
October, 1925, are at an annual rate in excess of $500,000 after reserve for losses and taxes. Making 
no allowance for increased earnings as a result of this financing, the combined current profits of the Com- 
pany are four times the current interest charges of this issue and more than twice both interest and sinking 
fund charges. The net current assets will be over twice the principal amount of these debentures. 

CONVERSION PRIVILEGlS: These debentures will be convertible into common stock at any 

— r * time up to maturity or in the event of redemption at any time 

up to ten days prior to the redemption date, as follows: Until April 1. 1927. into common stock 
taken at a valuation of $27.50 per share; until April 1, 1928, into common stock taken at a valuation 
of $30.00 per share; until April 1, 1929, into common stock taken at a valuation of $32.50 per share; 
until April 1, 1930, into common stock taken at a valuation of $35.00 per share; until April 1, 1931, 
into common stock taken at a valuation of $37.50 per share. 



The agreement securing the debentures will provide for five annual sinking fund 
payments of $100,000 commencing April 1, 1927. Monies in the sinking fund 



SINKING FUND: 

^ — pdjflUVUliI V* »«r m. w , v *r w - " O I -' " 

shall be applied by the Trustee as soon as practicable to the purchase of debentures at prices not to exceed 
102 in the first year of operation of the sinking fund, 101 ^ in the second year, 101 in the third year 
and 1001-2 in the fourth year. If debentures cannot be obtained at the above prices, sinking fund pay- 



ments will be held by the Trustee for use in a succeeding year or at maturity. 

PURPOSE OF ISSUE- The purpose of this issue is to fund at a fixed rate of interest a portion of 
" the Company's normal borrowings. The proceeds will be used for the pay- 
ment of a portion of the current bank -loans and for additional working capital. 

MAWArrMFNT. Mr. Frank R. Wilson, President of the Corporation, has been in charge of its 
MAlNAUtivir,n . ^ organization Tht Directors are Delos A. Blodgett. 2d. J. A. 

Brulatour Charles H. Christie, H. Lester Cuddihy. Cecil B. DeMille, Stephen J. Leonard, John B. 
Miller, Bernard Pollak, Clarkson Potter, John T. Pratt. H. A. Richards, Theodore Schulze, Theodore 
S. Watson. Frank R. Wilson and W. R. Walker. 

Legal matters in connection with the issuance of these Debentures will be passed upon by Messrs. Cooke & Marvin oj New York. 

The abore Debentures are offered when, as and if issued and 
receiTed by us and subject to the approval of proceedings by counsel 

Price 99 and accrued interest, to yield over 6.20% 

Watson & White 

Member* New York Stock Exchange 

149 BROADWAY 
NEW YORK 

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60 CONGRESS ST. 
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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 5, 1826 



PAT POWERS' GRIEF 
OVER YON STR0HE1M 



"Wedding March" 3 Months 
Delayed and Not Yet Started 
—Cut Off $6,000 Weekly 



l>os Angoles, May 4. 

Kmc von Klrohoim has pivt-n Pui 
row. r.s plenty of grief In the long 
shirt of "The Wedding Mf.nh," 
to bv released through Famous 
Players-Lasky. 

Von Stroheim's original contract 
with Powers specified that the pic- 
ture start about three months ago. 
Powers allowed Von Strohelm, it is 
said, to engage a staff of people, 
numbering 25, at sumptuous sal- 
aries. These people were around 
the Associated Studios (formerly 
SHig Studio), on Mission road, for 
tho three months, drawing pay and 
not active. 

About two weeks ago Powers sent 
for Von Strohelm, who was working 
©p the story with Harry Carr, the 
latter borrowed from F. P.-L., at 
La Jolla. Powers decided that the 
director do his work at the former's 
home in Hollywood. Von Strohelm 
and Carr were taken into the house, 
with Carr acting, it is said, as a 
sort of guardian over the actor- 



director-writer, to see that he com- 
pleted the story. 

At the same time Powers directed 
that all of the sides unnecessary at 
this time be striken from the pay- 
roll, a Having of about $6,000 a 
week. The studio was also ordered 
closed. 

Peggy Joyce's Suggestion 

Powers has a four- picture con- 
tract with Von Strohelm. It pro- 
vides that the second picture which 
the actor-director- writer will make 
is to be one with Tola Negri, for 
F. P -I,., in which Von Strohelm 
will act as well as direct. 

"When Powers opened negotia- 
tions with Von istroheim for his 
services, it was at the request of 
Peggy Joyce, who wanted the di- 
rector for one pic ture. Von Stro- 
heim has been under contract to 
Powers now for eight months, with 
no start made. It may be another 
two months before he will begin 
work. 

Powers left here last week for a 
month's visit to New York. 



Portable Camera on Lot 

Los Angeles. May 4. 

Alvln Wyckoff, Famous Players- 
Lasky cameraman, is using a port- 
able gyroscopic camera imported 
from France for the "Old Army 
Game," which Edward Sutherland is 
directing with W. C. Fields starred. 

The camera is strapped to the 
photographer's chest, is electrically 
operated, carries 400 feet of film and 
is equipped with a footage recorder. 



HKKK S YOI B BOX OFFIC E ATTRACTION FOR THE DIGGER PICTURE 

THEATREH 

LESTER, HOWSON and CLARK 

A PIANO TRIO 

COMEDY— DANCING AND HARMONY SINGING 
Direction: 8CHALLMAN BROS. 



AMUSEMENT STOCK QUOTATIONS 



No startling developments in the market during the last week with 
the exception that the Shubert Theatres shares showed a gain of three 
points last week. This week on the first two days there was a showing 
of advance on the part of practically all of the amusement shares with 
the Shubert stock chalking up another gain of two points. 

The Motion Picture Capital Corporation has placed a new Issue of 
$2,000,000 five year 6 percent convertible sinking fund bonds through 
Watson and White. 

A new issue made its appearance on the Curb as the Motion Picture 
Co. with a price quotation of 25 on it. No information regarding the 
stock has been had. 

Just what the effect of the new trend in the Federal Trade Com- 
mission affairs will have on the Famous Players stocks will be a question 
for a day or so. Loew's Inc. on the showing that it is certain to make 
in the Metro-Goldwyn division is certain to be due for a further advance. 

The table for last week showed : 

Change. 
- % 
+ H 
-3* 



Salos. 

tman Kodak 

Do. preferred 200 

Famous Players-l>asky S7.10O 

Do. preferred 400 

First National Pictures 200 

Fox Film* A 4.10O 

linew'i, Incorporated 12,600 

Metro-Goldwyn 600 

Motion Picture Cap. Corp 1,800 

Orpheum Circuit 700 

•Do. preferred 

Pathe ExchanRe A 1.AOO 

Shubert Theatres 24,500 

I'nlversal Pictures preferred 100 

Warner Bros. Pictures 4.400 

CURB 

American Seating Co 10 

Ralaban & Kats certificates 400 

•Film Inspection M 

Fox Theatres A G.-lOO 

Trans-Lux Screen 2.800 

Universal Pictures 1.4O0 

•Warner Bros. Pictures 



Hluh. 
110 
115 
123% 

nuvi 

90% 
65 >4 
Stflfc 
22% 
20% 
29% 

'52 
«\ 
91% 

HU'h. 
270 
70% 

24 
«% 

ai% 



r«o w. 

100% 

no 

120 
119 
H9 
63% 
36% 
22% 
20 
20% 

*o6% 
68 
»1% 
14% 

l/n(V. 
270 
70 

'22% 

8% 

29% 



* No sales or quotations. 

At the close of the market yesterday the standing was: 



Salos. 

Famous Players-Lasky 7.200 

Do. preferred 100 

Fox Films A 900 

Loew's, Incorporated 1,100 

Metro-Goldwyn 100 

Motion Picture Cap. Corp 1.200 

Pathe Exchange A 400 

Shubert Theatres 2,000 

Wfcrner Bros. Pictures 300 

CURB 

200 

000 

300 

800 



Film Inspection M 

Fox Theatres A 

Motion Picture Co. preferred. 
Trans-Lux Screen , 



Hl*h. 
lls% 
118% 
«4% 
37% 
23 
21 

00% 
63% 
14% 

HlKh. 
4% 
22% 
20 
8% 



I/OW, 

116% 
118% 
63 
37 
23 
20% 
4S% 
61% 
14% 

Low. 
4% 
22 
20 
8 



Cto.«e. 
109% 
110 
120% 
119% 
09 
•4% 
38% 
22% 

2& 

00% 

»]%* 

14% 



Clowe. 
270 
70 

23 

8% 
30% 



Clo*e. 
118% 
118% 

64% 

37% 

23 

21 

N»% 



Clone. 
4% 
22% 
20 
8 



+ 5 

- % 

— % 

• • • . • 

-2% 

4\ 

+ % 



Change. 



— % 



SAILOR SPOILS 'FRISCO 
BAY SUICIDE ATTEMPT 

Widow Leaped From Ferry^. 
Despondent Over Finding 
Fiance Head of Family 



San FrancUco, May 4. 
Mrs. Inpa de Valliere, who says 
she la a picture actress, writer and 
artist, leaped from the deck of a 
ferryboat here In an admitted sui- 
cide attempt. She was sawl by 
the prompt action of a passenger, a 
sailor, who dived In and rescued 
her. 

To the police Mrs. Valliere, a 
widow, told a story of having come / 
to San Francisco to marry. She 
said she met the man In Holly, 
wood, accepted his proposal and ar- 
rived here only to And he was al- 
ready married and the father of 
three children. She said she was 
destitute. 

A coterie of east bay society 
womei. raised a fund for Mrs. Val- 
liere. She says she has an eight- 
year-old daughter and that she has 
been married twice. 



Change 



T l% 



• • • • • 

t % 
+1% 

+2% 

- % 



Change. 
+ * 



-THE MEETING WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER" 






ORIGINATOR OF THE ORGAN CLUB 



Assisted by 
JIMMIE, Vice Ptasidsnt 



Harding Theatre 
CHICAGO, ILL. 



"SHOW BUSINESS" FOR $5,000 

Metro-Goldwyn has bought the 
picture rights to Mrs. Thyra Samp- 
ter Wlnslow's novel, "Show Busi- 
ness," as a vehicle for Norma 
Shearer. 

The price paid was around $5,000, 
according to report. 



An Establithd Fact 

For Any Picture House 

ROSE 
VALYDA 

Just Concluding 
4 Weeks Loew's State, 
Los Angeles 

opening 
WARFIELD THEATRE 

SAN FRANCISCO 
For an Indefinite Ban 

DIRECTION 

FANCHON & MARCO 



The SENSATION of CHICAGO! 



THEY'RE BURNING UP THE TOWN 




AND HIS BOYS 

America's Finest Symphonic 

JAZZ ORCHESTRA 

Presenting 

A Jazz Tour of the Globe 



AROUND THE 



A New Idea in Stage Presentation, Using the Finest Talent in America 

A NEW COUNTRY EVERY WEEK 

Now in the Fourth Week and Breaking All Attendance Records at the Worlds Most 

Beautiful Theatre 

NATIONAL THEATRES CORPORATION 



C A 




Halsted at 79th Street 




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uteAiesday. May I, 



PICTURES 



VARIBTY 



19 




d 

Irst 

versus the 
for what 



ffiST NAT! WR€1 

(Continued from p**e 5) 
^ . 162 houses Flnkelstcln and 
**** Lin of 76 in the northwest 
tuL. of the Baxe broth- 
•"Mrwisconsln. Thla would bring 
of house* represented In 
*• <Wn to around 406. 
^Twould undoubtedly mean that 
*?|T* ^ a line-up of two gl- 
producing, distributing an^ 
^Unrinteroats with the Fin 
Sinai theatre pool 
5«hlbl Theatres. Inc., 
Tool? appear to be a desperate 

Originally in the Publlx In 1U 
Ji,Siern Enterprises Corp. had 
?Sf S houses added to this witlf- 
? i last wort as the Blank chain 
,^wWlo the Balaban and Katz 
dto with Its mid-western ainiia- 
represents about 153 houses 
SSuaiT a total of 350 houses for 
pu^U at present. 
^ Only Maana 

original franchise holders of 
nrft National arc figuring that this 
•uTon their part Is the only means 
S Successfully combatting the con- 
Suit defections from their ran.cs. 
Thus far they have lost to Publlx 
the Balaban and Katz chain, the 
Gorton houses In New England, the 
gunk theatres in,, the west; while 
William Fox has stepped in and se- 
cured a third interest in the West 
clflt Theatres, Inc.. with a fairly 
gotd chance of forcing the continu- 
ing stock holders to permit him to 
objaln control, losing those bouses 
to the new company; and the Jan- 
tei and Von Herberg chain in the 
N^rthweBt has gone over to the 
North American Theatrea. 

Dn the other hand it may also be 
figured aa a protective measure. 
Should Famous Players through its 
publix affiliations obtain a further 
bold on the First National it might 
through the stock holdings hold 
down the production end of the ac- 
tivities of that organization to such 
a extent that the First National 
fitncnlM holder* with theatres 
would be forced Into the position of 
bcpnf entirely at the mercy of the 
producing and distributing control 
of! corporation outside of their own. 
T4 avoid this it is believed that 
those behind the Stanley interests 
were willing to become the leaders 
to a movement to bring together all 
of the theatres represented in the 
franchise division of First National 
•o that all might be mutually pro- 
tected. 

Jules Maytbaum is quoted :u> say- 
ing that his whole desire Is to pro- 
tect the Utile stockholders who are 
interested in the Stanley Company 
and to do that he is willing to ac- 
cept the added burden of heading 
the movement of the theatre owners. 

With the allied combination of 
theatre managements playing pres- 
entations or stage attractions in any 
er all of the houses enrolled, the 
matter of the booking connection 
(acts) would arise. 

The Stanley Company and Wilmer 
ft Vincent of the group are at pres- 
ent attached in a booking way to 
the Keith-Alhee tgoncy. It is 
claimed for the Stanley Company it 
haa no written "franchise" or agree- 
ment with K-A, with its booking 
■nbject to termination at any time. 

4 V. have had a booking agree- 
ment for years with the Keith's 
office. 

K-A has i\ 2 5 i»rivent interest in 
*>me of. the pup vaudeville theatres 
operated by the Stanley Company, 
what Intercut tho K-A agency h:is 
acquired in the W. & V. property is 
Unknown. 

The "Stanley Company is reported 
J»ot happy in its K-A booking affil- 
iation. Tli.it connection deprives 
»t of a freedom in booking its pic- 
ture houpo acts and attractions, 
K -A demanding that Its own big 
time ho-.is.-s be '■protected" through 
having tho Keith'* big timers given 
fll, 8t call on all turns booked or re- 
quested by the sta nley people. It 
also operates for the K-A ag-ncy 
«> be In a position to place the sal- 
*ry limit on any act the Stanleys 
j^ay want, despite what the Stan- 
leys may wish or be willing to pay. 

Through this condition and the 
apparent absence of sufficient big 
jjmc theatres under K-A bookings, 
«• Stanleys' opposition in Philadel- 
phia in pictures and presentations, 
ox a has been very prosperous all 
°* this season, procuring all of the 
It has required weekly. 

SHEETDAN VICKERS' SON 

Los Angeles, May 4- 

A 8 0n was born to Mrs. Sheridan 
takers, wife of the Hrltlsh critic 
*ow herp 



Film Version of Prize Play 
Scores Impressive Triumph 



Uon 



surveying studio condi- 



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9 In Los Angeles. 



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THE HEART OF BROADWAY, NEW YORK, N. Y. 



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A picturization of the stage 
play by Hatcher Hughes that 
won the Pulitzer Prize as the 
year's greatest drama* in 
picture form it is greater than 
ever — one of the year's oat* 
standing box-office produc- 
tions. 



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J. Stuart Blackton 
Production 



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" 'Hell Bent ter Heaven' is sure-fire movie stuff." 

—New York American 

"The dynamited dam and the flood that follows are 

pictured with graphic realism.' -New York Telegraph. 



"Far better than the average picture. 
Sun. 



-New York 



"Possesses a fine dramatic quality, capital acting, and 
stirring suspense." — New York 'limes. 

"Followed it tln-Mii-h ln»m 1 1 n n in:: t" ( ' n(1 W ' ,M con " 
siderahlo interc t."- \cw Yo'k Daily New-. 



"London Daily Ex 



press.' 




VARIETY 



PICTURES 



14 

OLD PUBLIX (F. P.) 
MANAGERS LEAVING 



Herschel Stuart Goes Over to 
Loew's — Earl Crabb 
With Keith's 



Within the ranks of the Tublix 
personnel a number of the older 

managers who were with the old 

Famous regime have left for other 
fields. 

The latest defection Is Herschel 
Stuart, who was sent into the mid- 
dle west with headquarters in 
Memphis after having: been brought 
to New York from St. Louis where 
he put the Missouri theatre on the 
map. Stuart resigned and has 
aligned himself with Marcus Loew 
as city manager in Baltimore for the 
Whltehurst houses which that cir- 
cuit has just taken over there. His 
brother "Buddy" Stuart resigned 
several months ago and id now r!th 
Associated Exhibitors as a special 
field exploitation man, operating 
from the exhibitor's angle. 

Earl Crabb, brought out of the 
southern field to manage the Metro- 
politan, Boston, Is no longer at that 



house and is now connected with 
the Keith home office In New York, 
lie also resigned from Publix. 

Mayflower Photoplay Corp 
Has Assets of Value 

Boston, May 4. 

Roy A. Hovey, Massachusetts 
Rink Commissioner, who is in pos- 
session of the Cosmopolitan Trust 
Company, defunct Boston Bank, 
has brought a bill in equity in the 
Supreme Court against Max Mitch- 
ell, former president and director 
of the institution, to compel him to 
turn over to liim and to enjoin him 
from disposing of, secreting or de- 
stroying certain contracts and other 
assets of the Mayflower Photoplay 
Corporation and its subsidiaries, 
the Rainbow Film Company and 
the Massachusetts Photoplay Com- 
pany, so the plaintiff can sell part 
of the assets of these corporations 
for $35,000 cash. 

Commissioner Hovey charges 
that previous t^ his taking control 
of the Trust company in 1920, 
Mitchell caused these corporations 
to be organized, and, although they 
had little or no financial strength, 
caused hundreds of thousands of 
dollars to be loaned to the bank in 
exchange for their notes, in viola- 
tion of his duty and of the law. 



IT COULD HAPPEN 



Chicago, May 4. 

A woman bought a ticket at 
the Randolph street box office 
of the Randolph theatre and 
emerged a few minutes later 
stating she had seen the pic- 
ture before and would they re- 
fund her money. 

As the picture was a first - 
run. Manager Bach man asked 
the patron as to where she had 
seen It. She replied the day 
before In a theatre on State 
street 

That meant the woman had 
gone Into the same house on 
successive days from different 
entrances, not noticing either 
the name of the house or pic- 
ture. 



PEGGY SHAW, "FIND" 

Rated as a "find," Peggy Shaw 
will play the second feminine lead 
in support of Dorothy Mackalll in 
"Subway Sadie," which shortly goes 
Into production for First National. 

It will be supervised by Al Rock- 
ett 



"Joanna" Suit Dismissed 

The popular newspaper serial, 
"Joanna," screened by First Na- 
tional Pictures is the subject of liti- 
gation by Edward Marshall who is 
suing the Thompson Feature Serv- 
ice, Inc., and Harry L. Gates, charg- 
ing conspiracy. 

Marshall and Gates collaborated 
on "Joanna," according to the com- 
plaint, the alleged conspiracy being 
that Thompson Service paid only 
$100 for all rights with the film 
rights actually sold for over $20,000. 
Marshall accordingly wants $25,000 
damages. 

The Thompson newspaper syndi- 
cate for its end successfully con- 
tested the complaint, demanding a 
dismissal because It does not set 
forth allegations sufficient to con- 
stitute a cause for action. The Ap- 
pellate Division has held for the 
syndicate, with Marshall privileged 
to amend his complaint. 



"Delicatessen" Started 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Colleen Moore started making 
"Delicatessen'* under Alfred Green's 
direction at the Fine Arts studio 
yesterday. Anna Q. Nllsson and 
Lewis Stone started on "Collusion" 
at the tame time. 

Both will be First National re- 
leases. 



Wednesday, May 5, 19*33 

EMBASSY TOO HIGH, ^ 
MANAGER LAROSE QUITS 

Wanted 75c Top Reduced to 
50c to Meet Competition— 
Grosses Fell Away Off 



Baltimore, Muy 4. 

Joe LaRose left* the Embassy 
yesterday as its managing director, 
through tho owners refusing to cut 
down the Embassy's 7&o. top to 3G- 
60c, to meet the competition of the 
Rivoll, across the street. The Hlvoli, 
seating 1,700, has an Admission j 
3B-50c. The Embassy seats 1,400. 

Mr. LaRose came here from 
Fox's, Philadelphia, and assumed 
charge of the Embassy when that 
house was in a slump. LaKosc gin- 
gered it up, sending the weekly 
grosses ahead until they hit the sur^ 
prising total of $11,000 on ong jveek. 
Later the Embassy ran into some 
poor-drawing pictures, with the 
grosses dropping, until last week it 
struck $5,0u0. 

LaRose is reported to have in- 
sisted that the Embassy's scale be 
lowered to meet the Rivoli top, and 
upon the refusal bf the owners he 
left. 

This week the Embassy has "Let's 
Get Married" and the "Pompadour 
Pallet" at 76c. with the Rivoll 
showing "The Restless Age" and 
Waring's Pennsylvanlans, the crack 
stage orchestra, at 60c. 

Famous Players is said to have 
an agreement to furnish the feature 
pictures to the Embassy at a Hat 
rental of $1,760 weekly, with a per- 
centage split of 60-G0 on anything 
over $8,600. 

Other P. D. C. Releases 
Announced for 26-27 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Producers Distributing Corpora- 
tion releases for 1926-27 not previ- 
ously announced will include: "The 
Deluge," C. P». De Mille's spectacle; 
"Nobody's Widow," by Avery Hop- 
wood, with Leatrice Joy starred and 
William C. De Mille directing; "The 
Cruise of the Jasper 13." by Don 
Marquis; "His Dog," by Albert Pay- 
son Terhune, and "Ladles Must 
Love," by Aubrey Kennedy, with 
Rod La Rocque starred and William 
K. Howard directing; "The Little 
Adventuress," adapted from "The 
Dover Road," with Vera Reynolds 
starred and Donald Crisp directing; 
"Fighting Love," by Rosita Forbes, 
with Rupert Hughes directing, and 
"White Gold," by J. Palmer Parsons, 
with Jetta Cloudal starring In both. 

"For Wives Only," from the play, 
"The Critical Year," by Rudolph 
Lothar and Hans Racluvltz; "The 
Night lirlde," by Frederick Chapln; 
"Man Bait," an original, and "Get- 
ting Gertie's Garter," by Willson 
Collison and Avery Hopwnod, will 
star Mario Prevost. 

Priseilla Dean will be starred In 
^'West of Broadway" and "Jewels of 
Desire," by Agnes Parsons. "The 
Heart Thief" and "The Highway- 
man" will feature Joseph Schlld- 
kraut, while he will be eo- featured 
with his father, Rudolph Schild- 

! kraut, in "Young April." l>y* Hilger- 

I K-rt CaM!e 

I "Rubber Tires." by William Sla- 
j \ ins MeNuit and Frank Woods; 
j The Y.irik.e Clipper,"' by Denison 
Clift; "Turkish Del'ght," by Irvin 
H. Cobb; "Silk." by Samuel Merwin, 
and "The Country Doctor," by Mann 
Page and Izola Forrester, will be 
produced by Cecil B. Do Mil'e ai 
specials. 

"Pals in Paradise," by Peter B. 
Kync; "The Rcjuvi-na f ion of Aunt, 
Mary," by Anne Warner; "No Con- 
trol," by Frank Condon; "Jim. the 
Conqueror," by Peter B. Kync; "A 
Harp in Hock." featuring Rudolph 
Sehlldkraut and Junior Coghlan, 
and "The Sea Wolf," a Ralph Ince 
production, will be Metropolitan 
specia Is. 



Worcester's "Mystery" 

Worcester. Mass, May *• 
Mystery shroud. 1 til** Identity of 
the backers of the project o n " 
nounced for construction of a 3.S00 
seat theatre, the niie of which has 
been purchased by the City Cen- 
tral Corporation of Boston. 

The Boston Cm poi at i<>n refill 
to divulrre its clients' p:i!.'<>. 

Poll now is erect inr ;t ::.;,i'fl-?^ a j 
then? re on a site oppoMi-- t" *' ,ri ' 
of the "my^l.TV" Mm,i ". B i" be 
Opened in the f;.H. 




Triple Your Profits by 

Playing this 
FALL Picture NOW! 

PARAMOUNT^ Big Exploitation Special, "FASCIN- 
ATING YOUTH" is one of the 15th Birthday Group and 
set for August release. It will have a gala pre-release 
showing at the Rivoli Theatre, New York, the week 
of May 9th. 

Following the Rivoli engagement, this gala showing will be repeated 
in the following theatres : 

May 16 . . Metropolitan, Boston June 20 ... . Uptown, Chicago 
May 23 Shea s Buffalo, Buffalo July 4 . . . Missouri, St. Louis 

May 30 Capitol, Detroit " July 11 . Newman, Kansas City 

June 6 . . . . Chicago, Chicago July 18 Palace, Dallas 

June 13 Tivoli, Chicago July 25 Loew's Palace, Memphis 

Aug. 1 Howard, Atlanta 

Accompanying "FASCINATING YOUTH 1 ' is the John Murray 
Anderson presentation, "Alice in Movieland," featuring the stars of 
the picture in person. A special advance crew will turn on a tre- 
mendous publicity campaign in each city. 

Three special trailers announcing the picture three weeks in advance 
have been prepared. The syndicated novel, "FASCINATING 
YOUTH/ 1 written by Byron Morgan, will run in the leading news- 

Eaper of each city. Special advertisements in the newspapers and 
eralds given away at the theatres will invite the public to make 
application for Movie Screen Tests, the^ tests to be made on the 
theatre stages during the run of the picture. These are only a few 
details of the campaign. 

'"FASCINATING YOUTH" is bound to be the talk of every territory 
in which it plays. 

Realizing that the 12 theatres named above should not be the sole 
beneficiaries of this giant publicity campaign, PARAMOUNT 
OFFERS "FASCINATING YOUTH" TO OTHER EXHIBITORS IN 
THESE TERRITORIES FOR DAY AND DATE SHOWINGS WITH 
THE HOUSES NAMED ABOVE. 

Here is your chance to play a big Fall Paramount Special in advance 
of regular release and to GUARANTEE YOURSELF A CLEAN-UP ! 

That's Paramount Showmanship! 



Ju.uiber of bn,\.<>n l'i« ;ure I'roductrn asd Distributors of America, Inc. Will H. H«y», President. 



Wednes day, May 5, 1926 



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VARIETY 



The Glowing Achievement of 

UKULELE IKE 

CLIFF EDWARDS 



"The One-Man Symphony 
of Crooning Jazz 1 



At the 



FOX THEATRE 

PHILADELPHIA 



Booked for One Week 

Held Over for Three Weeks 



Per tonal Direction 

MAX HART 



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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



PRESENTATIONS— tONKEES 

Yonkers, N. T., May 4. 

Two straight picture houses here 
announce "presentations." The 
Park II1U la playing two acts, 
changing the bill four times 
weekly. 

The Cameo will add "presenta- 
tions" to its straight picture policy 
next month. 

Fred Mack of the Alf Wilton 
office Is booking both houses. 



CROOKEB-NOLAN'S PUBLICITY 

Two former picture editors, Her- 
bert Crooker of the "Times Mid- 
week Pictorial" and Warren Nolan 
of the "Evening Telegram," are 
now doing publicity work for pic- 
tures. 

Crooker is associated with C. C. 
Purr In handling the Johnny Hlnes 
features, while Nolan is working 
under Victor Shapiro at the United 
Artists office. 




COMING 



EAST 




AUDREY 



EVA 



GIBSON SISTERS 

"HAPPINESS IN EVERY STEP" 
RIGHT NOW 

METROPOLITAN, LOS ANGELES 

with VERNE BUCK and His Gang 

A VERSATILE DANCING OFFERING 



"Warner*' Winner. 



ft 



No longer will Warner 
Brothers call their produc- 
tions "Classics of the Screen." 
In the future, they will be 
known as Warner Brothers 
Winners. 



WEST COAST STUDIOS 

Norma Shearer, William Bake- 
well, Mary McCalllster, Sally O'Nell. 
Conrad Nagel and George K. Arthur 
are in the cast of "The Waning 
Sex," which Robert Z. Leonard Is 
directing for Metro-Gold wyn- Mayer. 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON PICTURES 



Sally Long has been signed by 
Universal for "The Man In the 
Saddle," which Cliff Smith is di- 
recting, with Hoot Gibson, Lloyd 
Whitlock, Emmet King, and Duke 
Lee. 



Edward T. Lowe has been added 
to the scenario staff of M-G-M. 



Charles Ray and Tom O'Brien 
have been signed for "The Fire Bri- 
gade," which Hunt Stromberg will 
produce and William Nigh will di- 
rect for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 



M-G-M has purchased Kathleen 
Norrls' book of short stories, "The 
Callahans and the Murphys," which 
ran in the Cosmopolitan, with the 
exception of one story, "The Kelly 
Kid," held out. 



Prank Wilson, -vaudeville actor 
and writer, will write comedies for 

Hal Roach. 



Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Moreno 
will leave soon for a trip abroad. 



Tom Moore and Ford Sterling 
have been added to the cast of 
"Good and Naughty," which is be- 
( Continued on page 31) 



ONE OF FANCflON & MARCO'S YOUNGER "IDEAS" 



An "understanding" that seems to exist between picture agent and 
picture house managers, is something of a problem right now in that 
Meld. The picture house agent, generally a fine type of commission oper- 
ator, has expressed himself or herself time and again as opposed to 
contaminating a field as new as this with any semblance of "graft " 

Accordingly there Is little of it Just now excepting in ono flttfrrnnt 
case, a man who is assistant to an executive really rather than an agent. 
He works very crudely. Two offices have refused to do business with 
him altogether although at one time almost everything was booked with 
that outlet by one agency for a number of weeks. The agents Anally 
tired of splitting the 10 per cent commission with this grafter. He has 
also become obnoxious in the smallness of his graft, calling up agents 
with reminders he will buy himself a hat or ties or what not and send 
them the bill. 

What there Is of that sort of thing Is also blamed on the shop- fly 
agents who approach bookers with these propositions of splitting coin- 
missions if they are given a look-in. W T lth this as a rather weak founda- 
tion, the agent then approaches acts with ^the come-on he has "con- 
nections" with such and such houses for a route. As a rule that too 
is discouraged. 

On the other hand, there are some bookers who actually prefer, he- 
cause they enjoy doing business with one or two booking offices. They 
even go so far as to suggest seeing that agent as a possible means for 
being booked. This has created a suspicion by some there is an "under- 
standing" which is not so in view of the high standing of the circuit 
executives. It Is merely an efficiency facility, as certain offices would 
know the proper methods of submitting photos, press matter, etc., in 
addition to properly presenting the act for the film theatres. 

The booking man referred to as being prone to "oiling" has created 
comment as to the open manner in which he is risking his connection for 
the sake of a comparatively paltry extra Income. Anonymous descrip- 
tion is all necessary to identify him to the agents arm" a possible dis- 
closure by them to his superior is regularly anticipated. 



Out at the Universal lot on the coast Is a girl star who has shown 
considerable ability. She has been working under one of the imported 
directors, of the same nationality as the casting director who Is re- 
ported engaged to wed her. The director and the casting director got 
together for a 'conference.' Then the director went to Carl Laemmle 
and told him that the girl was worth at least $4,000 a week and that 
la what he would pay her. But the plan went flooey when Laemmle, 
wise owl, said: "All right, my boy, if you think she is worth that much 
I'll sell you her contract with me and that will give you a chance to 
make a bigger one." Whereupon the director took the air as he said: 
"No, no! I meant she was worth that in your picture Mr. Laemmle." 





FILLING THE BIG LEAGUE BOOTS OF 

RUBE WOLF 

AT LOEWS STATE, LOS ANGELES 



WHILE RUBE IS BURNING THEM UP 
FOR THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS AT 

T. & D. THEATRE, OAKLAND 



Much speculation In Washington concerning the how and wherefore of 
the President's recent statement disapproving of federal censorship. 
The reformers are claiming Will Hays fixed it. 

The facts are the International News Service (Hearst) put three 
questions in writing before the "White House Spokesman" at the reg- 
ular bi-weekly conference with the scribes. 

The first was Is it not believed that Congressman Upshaw's proposal 
for Federal censorship Is inconsistent with States rights and free speech. 

Second: Attention was drawn to the statements from the various em- 
bassies to the effect that American films were cementing foreign rela- 
tions as well tin promoting trade. The President was asked if he sub* 
scribed to that theory. 

Third: Did not the President believe the motion pictures have in a 
general way produced beneficial results in the education and recreation 
of the people of the United States. 

When questioned as to the source behind It, Jack Connolly, of the 
Washington office of the Hays organization, denied all knowledge. How- 
ever, it is known that Mr. Connolly was a newspaperman for many years. 



Universal's purchase of 50 percent Interest in the Multnomah Theatre 
Corporation in Portland, Ore. cost $750,000 for its share In 11 modern 
suburban houses it Is claimed. The deal pending for some time, was 
consummated when Bob White, president of the chain, left a few weeks 
ago to interest Carl Laemmle. The latter at first refused to discuss 
the matter but is said to have been influenced partly when the closing 
of the Jensen and Von Herberg deal to the North American Theatres, 
Inc., was announced. 

Universal will have the last say as well as supervision over the 
Multnomah chain, while White will remain as general manager. A new 
corporation will be formed with Carl Laemmle president It Is not be- 
lieved that an 'opposition* battle against the North American Interests 
will befall. An expansion policy, will most likely be adopted, as the 
deal Included two sites but recently acquired. In addition to purchasing 
the half Interest, U also acquired an option on the outright ownership 
of the entire string. 

The Multnomah circuit is about two years old. It was previously 
tied up with First National for product. The present arrangement gives 
Universal an edge over Its competitors. 



Cheers wound up the sales convention of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
hunch at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, last week. A huge crowd 
of the M.-G.-M. salesmen were grouped in the ballroom with the officials 
on the dias. Speakers dwelt upon the "big family" thing. This could 
be observed from the wholehearted responses to the speakers. While 

(Continued on page 34) 



IN PASTURES NEW— ANP CLICKING PRETTY 






UNIQUE 



HILARIOUS 

ESPECIALLY PREPARED OFFERING FOR HIGH-GRADE MOTION PICTURE HOUSES 



CLEAN 



LOEWS STATE, Los Angeles, NOW 



NO OPEN TIME IN SIGHT 
Direction FANCHON & MARCO 



Wednes day, May 8. 192$ 

•EDUCATIONAL 



picture Houses Operating 
Under New Law 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



ir 



LITERATI 



Providence, May 4. 
fthode Inlanders attended Lheir 
a-JT Sunday moving picture shows 
^Sunday with the opening of 
most of Providence's theatres under 
the -new law" which vetoed the old 
time antl- Sunday theatre law. The- 
I™ in all other cities and towns 
v«* also opened with the exception 
pmwtucket. 

Attendance at the theatres was 
••sorted satisfactory, but It is not 
generally conceded that movies will 
{•popular during the summer, when 
(Continued on page S4) 

47 JAP SUICIDES IN 
FINAL REEL, JAP SPECIAL 

A dispatch from Seattle states 
that Slegfred P. Lindstrom, of the 
Vikkatsu Film Corporation of To- 
kio, arrived there and plans to book 
Japans' moat popular film into the 
leading houses of America, 

He explained that the picture was 
produced in Japan, that it la 20 
reels long and that 47 characters 
commit hari-kari In the last reel. 
Hari-kari Is a form of suicide in- 
dulged in by the Japanese when 
they are angry at themselves or 
^anyone else. 

Lindstrom said that •'The Thief 
of Bagdad" held all Japanese b. o. 
records until the home-made movie 
screened. 



Butler in Newark 

The Newark "Evening News," 
moat conservative of Jersey papers 
and one of the hardest in the r un- 
try for theatrical publicity men to 
set a "break" In. has bc^n popping 
up lat^ y. Regular space is ilevoted 
to show business dally now instead 
of intermittently during the week ...s 
was ft '.y the policy. Walter J. 
Flanlgan, dramatic critic of paper 
and one of the oldest in the point 
of service In the Metrop .itan dis- 
trict, now takes a by-li"> ? over hi.s 
writing, heretofore using initial* 
only. 



Hearst Bond Issues 

▲ reason is found by some news- 
paper men for the unexpected re- 
trenchment schedule evidently fol- 
lowed by the Hearst organization in 
the two bond Issues outstanding 
against Hearst properties. These are 
for $16,000,000 and $12,000,000. call- 
ing for %% percent annual Interest 



and a yearly amortization of $1,000,- 
000. 

The Hearst executive committee 
in charge of the economical plan has 
been chopping in wholesale, taking 
74 men off of one paper, 2S from an- 
other and in other plays holding 
down the overhead on the losers if 
not shifting them about for a totai 
gain. Other Hearst papers are also 
to feel the axe It is said as there are 
other losers as yet untouched. 

One story is that in a recent week 
the New York "American" ran Into 
"the red" for $40,000 but all kinds 
of charges are plastered on that 
dally. 



A marked change has occurred in 
the "-onfession" type of magazines, 
whka can be laid to the banning 
of "Liberty" from Canada some 
time ago. The Canadian authori- 
ties In barring the weekly from that 
country, declared that they would 
prohibit any magazines of a sensa- 



tional or "sexy" nature. 

Accordingly, Bernarr Macfadden 
is said to have issued an order to 
the effect that "sexy" stories in his 
confession magazines be reduced to 
a minimum, and that "heart throb" 
tales predominate. Although the 
change was abrupt, the readers are 
taking to the new fare with avidity. 

Lloyd's, with the reputation of in- 
suring anything and everything, has 
evolved a now one. The insurance 
house has deviled a scheme and so 
broached to English authors, by 
which it will indemnify a writer 
against the costs of defending a 
law suit against libel. The new in- 
surance racket was brought into be- 
ing because of the many libel suits 
the British authors are finding 
themselves in nowadays, said to be 
an unprecedented number. A con- 
dition of the Insurance is that noth- 
ing will be paid the author unless 
the verdict is in his favor. 



business section of the city, where 
she spends about four hours each 
day in writing, Hhe observes this 
rule zealously each day, even to 
working half of that period an Sat- 
urdays. 



Royal Daniel, Jr.. city editor of 
the "Mirror" and William Buzzell. 
city editor of the "World," are the 
rival candidates for the presidency 
of tho Newspaper Club. New York, 
with the election to come, oft early 
in May. A spirited campaign is in 
progress for votes. 



Writing, as a business, is nothing 
new, but is being done in a busi- 
ness-like manner, is something else 
again. Mary Roberts Kinehart, it is 
said, hOM an office in the downtown 



Editor Quits Job for 8ea 

Ralph Cromwell, former city edi- 
tor of the S;ui I'it. n.-:sco "Chron- 
icle," has quit the newspaper game 
to follow the sea. 

Cromwell returned to San Fran- 
cisco after a fouY months' voyage as 
baggage clerk on the Dollar liner 
"President Lincoln." He Intends to 
make a second voyage to the Orient. 



Sam Blythc reached New York 
following a six months' tour of the 
world. He has gono to hia home at 
Pebble Beach, Monterey, Cal. 



POLA STICKUT 'ROUND; 
SO IS VALENTINO 



Lies Angeles, May 4. 

Pole Negri has cancelled a flail- 
ing reservation for her European 
tour this summer, and instead will 
go te Arrowhead Lake, mountain 
resort, for her yacatlon. 

Rudolph Valentino returns from 
a desert location In a few days, 
and as he is not going to Europe 
this summer. Pola thought it best 
not to be far from Hollywood. As 
she has seen a lot of Europe and 
has not known Valentino so long, 
It Is thought that her present 
Course Is best. 



P. D. C. CONVENTION 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
The Producers Distributing Cor- 
poration, first annual sales conven- 
tion went into session at the Am- 
bassador hotel Monday. There 
Were about 126 persons. Including 
Robert Monroe, president of the or- 
ganisation; John C. Fllnn, vice- 
president, and general manager, 
Cecil B. De Mllle, Al and Charlie 
Christie. 

The program on Monday con- 
sisted of an informal reception at 
the Christie studio. Tuesday the 
Visitors made the rounds of the De 
hlille, Christie and Metropolitan 
studios. Tuesday night a preview 
•f Pictures that have been recently 
Inished will be shown. Business 
sessions will be held Wednesday, 
Thursday and Friday. 

"vVednosday night a banquet and 
a dance will be given the visitors 
at the Ambassador hotel. 



N. Y. TO L. A. 



Constance Howard. 
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph 
kraut. 

Paul Ludwlg Stein. 
Lewis Moomaw. 
William M. VogeL 
Paulino Starke. 



Si h ild- 



L. A. to N. Y. 



Renee Adoree. 
William Powell. 
Norman TrevoT. 
Kalph Forbes. 
Pat Powers. 
Carl Laemnile. 



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SUMMER. 




Roche Working on Coast 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Arthur Homers Roche arrives here 
"fcy 1 to betjin work on four orig- 
toal stories for Warner Riothers' 
Production. 





donr matte* 

You'll make xaoney 
just the same. 



Jfoihing can heat" 
these-not even 
the heah 

NORMA TALMADGE 
in "Kiki" 

COLLEEN MOORE 
in "Irene" 

CORINNE GRIFFITH 
in "Mile. Modiste" 

RICHARD 

BARTHELMESS 

in "Ranson's Folly" 

HARRY LANGDON 
in "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" 

'THE GREATER GLORY' 
a Special 

"OLD LOVES and NEW" 
adapted from "The Desert 
Healer," by E. M. Hull, 
author of "The Sheik" 

MICHAEL ARLEN'S 
The DANCER of PARIS* 

FRANK LLOYD'S 
"THE WISE GUY" 

"THE WILDERNESS 
WOMAN" 

the year's biggest comedy 

The SPORTING LOVER' 
Drury Lane sensation 

"SWEET DADDIES" 

"HER SECOND 
CHANCE" 

and a hit a week from 
now until September. 
Then the "Banner 
Group" starts. 



3irM* national Picture* 

or profits all year 



round I 



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VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



BROWN OF HARVARD 

Metro-Hold w> n-Mityer picture dlreolt-J by 
Ja< k Conway. Hased on tho play of the 
•ante nnine by HI la Johns >n Younsr. Fea- 
tures William Haini's with Jack IMckford 
and Mary Brian un<lcrlint>d. Ira M origan, 
photographer. At the Capitol. New York, 
week May 2. Running time, 80 nilna. 

Jim L»oolittle Jack l ickford 

Mary Abhor t Mary Hrlnn 

Hob Mc Andrews. .Francla X. Dushman. Jr. 

Mrs. Urown Mary Alden 

Mr. ltrown David Torrance 

Prof. Abbott K.lwnrd dmnellv 

Hal Walters CJulnn Williams 

IleKKle Smythe Ernest Glllen 

Tom Drown WHMafn Haines 

Moro genuine college atmosphere 
here than any other film of the 
type has contain* d, and the younger 
element among the picture patrons 
should eat it up. It's entertainment 
all the way. William Haines, in the 
title role, playa it for full worth. 

The Harvard undergraduate body 



and the Cambridge alumni could 
and probably will pick many flaws 
in the technicalities of the life na 
they know it at their alma mater, 
but to an outsider it smacks of be- 
ing sufficiently genuine to waive all 
minor doubts. In fact, all college 
men will give the picture, its di- 
rector and cast their due. The sin- 
cerity with which it has been made 
and tho striving for detail are *.oo 
obvious to be ignored. Plenty of 
credit all around for effort on thin 
one. 

Adapted from the play of the 

same name, it may be recalled that 
it was booed oft' the stage in Itoston 
by Harvard students when it was 
done there a littiemore than 20 years 
ago. Previous to that, the piece was 
installed at the old Princess theatre, 
below 29th street on Broadway, 
with Henry Woodruff In the title 



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Representation of the most amazing melo- 
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A UNIVERSAL PICTURE 



Starring 

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Supported by 

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A TOD BROWNING Production 

A SMASHING SUCCESS EVERY- 
WHERE! 



"BROKE H0U8E RECORD FOR SATURDAY, EXCEEDING ALL 

expectations." 

Criterion Theatre, Los Angeles, Cat. 

•TURNED AWAY OVER FIVE HUNDRED ADMI8SION8. PA- 

trons enthusiastic. Look for big week." 

Liberty Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. 

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Kings and Rivoli Theatre for fuil week." 

William Goldman, 8L Louis, Mo. 

"OPENED TO CAPACITY BU8INE8S SATURDAY AND 8UN- 

day." 

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role. It followed in the wake of 
"The College Widow," was ahead of 
"St.ongheart," and enjoyed a suc- 
cessful run. At that time there 
was no reference to football in the 
script, the athletic kick centering 
around the annual crew races with 
Vale. Now it's a picture and in def- 
erence to the modern trend, a grid- 
iron victory over the traditional 
New Haven rival is the big punch, 
although the crew race is still re- 
tained. 

That spells actlcn, and there's an 
abundanco of it. A fist fight, the 
crew race and tho football ;ame 
take care of this angle. Outside of 
that Brown (Mr H; lnes) is cflarac- 
teri/.'-d as tm extromoly fiv.ih fresh- 
man who doesn't "arrive'' until the 
last quarter of the Yale game dur- 
ing his sophomore year. It's not 
one of tho;se college hero things. On 
the contrary, Brown is Just an aver- 
age student with a pretty good idea 
of himself upon coming up from 
prep school, especially as concerns 
tho girls. This leads to his going 
out for the Frosh ':rcw when learn- 
ing that Bob McAndrcws (Mr. 
Bushman), his rival for the pro- 
fessor's daughter (Miss Brian) is 
out for a place in the shell. 

Becoming second string stroke, 
Brown gets happily drunk in New 
London the night before the race, 
is called upon when McAndrews de- 
velops a pair of sore hands and 
strokes a loosing en because be 
collapses before reaching the finish 
line. Generally snubbed for having 
broken training, he determines to 
quit school, but returns at the fall 
term on the suggestion of his dad 
to fight it out. 

The following sequence is in the 
Harvard stadium with the boys in 
moleskins at practice. Not able to 
make a varsity back field berth, 
Brown trails along as a scrub back 
until the Yale game, when he is 
sent in during the first half, but 
gets a bump on the ankle, and has 
to leave the field after his first play. 
More mutterings of "quitter," but 
Brown goes back in the Inal lar- 
ter with tho score 3-0 for Yale, car- 
ries the ball almost tha length of 
the field in a series of rushes and 
then McAndrews goes over for the 
winning touchdown. 

Both the crew and football stuff 
have been well handled by Jack 
Conway. It's evident that be had 
an abundanco of aid in these chap- 
ters. No doubt about the gridiron 
battle being the best the screen has 
yet held within a picture story, and 
the sweeping of the oars in the shell 
is authentic, too, even though Ira 
Morgan, camera man, made the mis- 
take of grinding too slowly, so that 
the crews look to be pulling 100 to 
the minute. However, that's the 
only glaring slip. 

Jack Pickford is in a purely sec- 
ondary role, Albeit the pathos of the 
story centers around him. As the 
undersized country boy. Ignored by 
his classmates but rooming with 
Brown and worshipping the latter, 
he jumps from a sick bed and into 
a rainstorm to chase Brown and 
tell him that he has not been 
dropped from the squad, as his 
roommate has read in the college 
dally paper. This leads Doolittlr 
(Mr. Pickford) to the infirmary, 
where he dies during the game, and 
to which Brown rushes Immediately 
the final whistle has blown. 

Brown weeps himself into Mary 
Abbott's arms, but the finish light- 
ens to show him elected to an hon- 
ory society and marching along 
arm-in-arm with McAndrews. 

Haines is corking in the name 
part. He not only looks collegiate 
and like a halfback, but paces his 
performance to a nicety. In which 
glib subtitles are more than the 
usual help. Pickford convinces as 
the underdog, and young Bushman. 
Jr., makes a likeable "heavy," if he 
can be termed that. It's a fact that 
during the early stages of the foot- 
age the sympathy is all with Bush- 
man, even during the fight he has 
with Haines over the girl because 
of the latter's presumptuousncss in 
kissing her. And that's what should 
"sell" the picture. Brown is made 
neither a collegiate idol nor an ath- 
letic marvel. He's ju^t seconi- 
string material, flops once because 
he's a foolish kM and cashes in after 
making up his thlnd to make good 
if the chance offers. 

Miss Brian is Btrlctly milk and 



water as the girl, but Mary Alden 
makes her mother role stand up, as 
does David Torrence as the father. 
Imldtntally, Miss Alden's work 
while her son is supposed to be 
playing will get under the skin of 
many a mother. 

For a college town "Brown of 
Harvard" Is a cinch. The boys won't 
get much chance to kid it, for it's 
down to rock bottom on dramatics 
and Haines smacks too much of the 
genuine to be scoffed at. For young- 
sters from 10 to 15 it can't miss. 

The football passages presumably 
were shot last fall at Cambridge, 
when Harvard eked out a stubborn 
moral victory by holding Yale to a 
no-score tie with the Blue a heavy 
pre-game favorite. Hence the cele- 
bration on the field was probably 
from the heart as far as Harvard 
was concerned. The "shots" of the 
stadium, campus and New London 
are "location." It is understood the 
unlversltv co-operated with this M-. 
G.-M. unit during the "shooting." 

The game carries its flashes from 
the actual contest, and Cor>way pre- 
sumably had his own cameramen 
grinding, while the yachts at New 
Ixjndon are all there to add to the 
realism. Besides this, Conway has 
inserted a dance where the boys 
are in soft shirts and collars with 
tuxedos. They dance in the accept- 
ed collegiate manner. Verily, the 
picture Is a treat as to the endeavor 
to be as true as possible. 

A "sweet" picture, an outstanding 
performance by Haines and a mat 
piece of work by the director that 
the censors can pass with their ey* «* 
closed and which will "sell" itself 
upon the viewing. Bkig. 



the exposition of a theory that the 
World War caused many changes, 
and that when those Four Horse- 
men of the Apocalypse (War, Fam- 
ine. Pestilence and Death) mounted 
their horses for a careening ride 
through the heavens their influ- 
ence was so great that normal 
people did unheard-of things. 

The medium of a single and well, 
boutid-together family is used to 
exploit the theme. Thus, there is 
the old aunt, Hde, and her brood of 
relatives. A musician, a professor, 
a doctor, a military man. etc., and* 
her two nieces, Fanny and Curinne. 
The war wears them down to pov- 
erty, takes Connne from the man 
she really loved and sends Fanny 
to be the mistress of a gross war 
profiteer. But in the end her aris- 
tocratic lover won out, and the sor- 
did influence of War lost out when 
pitted against tho ennobling influ- 
ence <5f love. 

Boiled down, that is the rudi- 
mentary plot of a very complicated 
scenario, which is still planting a 
story as the film nears its conclu- 
sion. The great fault w.th the 
sconario — and it is there that the 
fault lies — is that the entire family 
is manipulated throughout the 
story. Thus, unimportant people 
and unimportant things take up 
much footage in an attempt to drive 
home a point which the actions o£ 
the principal character, 1'u.nny, 
drive home alone. Which means 

(Continued on page 20) 



THE GREATER GLORY 

First National release, produced by Jun« 
Mathls. Adapted by ner from IvVn'i 
iVShauKhnesMy'B novel. "The Vlenne c 
Medley." Directed by Curt Rchfeld. Con- 
way Toarlo and Anna Q. NUt^on featured, 
with May Allison. Ian Keith, Josin 
Hernholt and Lucy Beiturnont co-feat urer'. 
To bo released as a npecl.il In 11 reel. 1 . 
At the Strand. New York, week of May 2 
Running time. lOtl minutes. 
Ccint Maxim Von Ilartlg. . .Conway T«»arlc 

Fanny Anna Q. N'llBKon 

Corlnne May Allison 

Paull nirbach Ian Keith 

Tante Ilrte Lucy Beaumont 

Oustav Schmidt Jean Hernholt 

Dr. Herman Von Her#r. . . .Nlprol de Hrulle.- 

MImI. his wife Brldicetta Clark 

Prof. Leopold F.l»erhardt. . . . John Salnpolln 

Kaethe. hla wire Marcla Manon 

Otto Strlner Edward Knrle 

Uosol .his wife Virginia Southern 

Anna. Fault's wife Isabel Keith 

Irma Von Berff, the stepmother 

Kathleen Chambers 

T>on Krum Hi<le Hamilton 

Mar!e Cora Mncoy 

Cnnntess Ton Hartiir Carrie P:.uniery 

Theodore von Hartlg 1 Thur Fairfax 

The S^tswrs Grinder .....Boris KaslofT 

The Cross Bearer Qeonje Pirlnz. 1 

Helura Be*s Flowers 

Maid Mircelle Corday 



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When this film was first an- 
nounced it was to be a super-spe- 
cial for legitimate showings. Its 
title then was "The Viennese Med- 
ley." But a few woeks back orders 
were given to cut 't from about 30 
reels to few enough for regular 
houses. One cutter who had worked 
on it said he didn't see how it could 
be cut any more, but at the Strand 
this week it is Bhown in about ll 
reels, a swiftly projected film with 
an epic theme. It misses both as 
a special and as a program release, 
and the salvation is a cast filled 
with "names" plus a production 
which cost somebody a prodigal 
sum. 

Its claim to being an "epic" is 



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VARIETY 



19 





SAM KAUFFMAN 

The Painless Pianist 

A riot at McVicker's, Chicago — same at the 
Capitol, Chicago, last week and this — he can't 
miss. 

"BANJO" "DOUBLE-VOICE" 

HINES and SMITH 

The Happy Song Boys 

Just completed a successful tour of A. H. Blank 
houses — opened May 1st, Alhamhra, Milwaukee, 
for two weeks. 



LYD1A HARRIS 

A Great Blues Singer 

A positive sensation at the Alhambra, Mil- 
waukee. 



LOOS BROTHERS 

Comedy, Harmony Supreme 

Offering vocal calisthenics. National favorites. 



BILLIE ADAMS 

The Beautiful Calendar Girl 

Singing the popular ballads — and how! Held 
over last week at the Capitol, Jackson, Michigan. 



NAN BLACKSTONE 

The Grand Baby and Her Baby Grand 
"Croonin' the Blue* 99 

Just closed Temple, Toledo, O. This week, 
Lyceum, Duluth, Minn. Rooked to Alhambra, 
Milwaukee, McVicker's, Chicago. 



DAN RUSSO and TED FIORITO'S 

ORIOLETTES 

8 Snappy Girl Exponents of the Well-Known 

Jazz Age 

Costumed by Lester 

Playing leading Midwest theatres. 

ATLANTIC FOUR 

The Singing, Playing Serenaders 

Youth — Pep — Collegiate 
Now playing B. & K. Midwest houses and 
A. II . Blank Circuit. 

GEORGE BILLINGS 

Star of the Photoplay, "Abraham Lincoln" 

Presenting his unique conception, "Memories of 
Lincoln"— a marvelous presentation— a box office 
tonic. Just completed tour of entire A. H. Blank 
Circuit. Now touring B. & K. Great States and 
Midwest chains. 



RUTH BETZNER 

The Personality Contralto 

Now touring with Gus Edwards' "Garden of 
Girls," for Publix. 

LEONARD and BARNETT 

Oh, What a Harmony Team! 

A pair of hot tamales— one redhead— one blonde, 
Now playing Balaban & Katz Midwest theatres. 

CHILTON and THOMAS 

Paul A*h's "High-Brown" Boy and Girl 

Dance Sensation* 

They stop 'em cold. A knockout at Temple, 
Toledo. Last week, Palace, Ft. Wayne. Re- 
turned this week to Toledo by popular demand, 
then to the New Oriental with Paul. 



JACK CATES 

The Buster Keaton of Varieties 

A Sure-fire, all around single— dancing, singing, 
comedy galore. Going big at Ascher's Terminal, 

Chicago. 



STEVE SAVAGE 

Incomparable Character Dancer 

An institution at the Capitol, popular at 
McVicker's, Chicago. Now playing Michigan 
theatres. 



BABY DOROTHY JOHNSON 

Five-Year-Old Saxophone Marvel 

A panic at the Capitol, Chicago. A featured 
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(MISS AMERICA) 

IS NOW ON TOUR OF PUBLIX THEATRES 

She Is Dancing With ROBERT ALTON 
WIRE FOR OPEN NIGHT IN YOUR TOWN ! 

WEEK MAY 10th MISSOURI THEATRE, ST. LOUIS, MO 

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THE GREATER GLORY 

(Continued from page 18) 

that many hammers arc working to 
drive one nail and that the drivers 
are not BkiUful — so botchwork re- 
sults. 

The production Is expensive. 
There are large sets utilized to set 
tho Viennese atmosphere and thou- 
uands of extras are in the scenes 
marking mobilization in Vienna at 
the outbreak of the Wor'd War. It 
is all costume stuff, too. To prop- 
erly show ofT the coming of the 
Four Horsemen there are tinted 
color scenes. With each stroke of 
a tragedy is a colored insert of the 
Horsemen riding their endless race. 
Another excellent thing Is the ad- 
vent of tho D'Annunzio air Heel 
over Vienna, spreading pamphlets 
of amity and explanation instead of 
bombs. 

Kxcept for tho work of May Alli- 
son as one of the young girls and 
I,uey Beaumont as the elderly aunt, 
there is little acting in the Mm to 
interest anyone. But it Is interest- 
ing to see May Allison once more 
and observe the miracle which has 
kept hd ,«.uty of. the earlier pic- 
ture clays as fresh as if it w«*re the 
beauty of an hour ago. It's the 
first really big part Miss Allison 
has had after a period of some in- 
activity, and she tills the bill com 
pletely. 

Miss lieaumont's role is strictly 
sympathetic, but she plays it with 
a nice distinction between what is 
sentimentality and banal saccharine 
bunk. 

The director, Curt Kehfeld, Jh a 
newcomer to the ranks of the im- 
portant megaphone wielders. Al- 
though his work here is adequate, 
it cannot be said that he has shown 
an inspired moment in the whole 
lilm. 

"The Cireater (ilory," then, must 
be listed among the other costly 
but ineffective productions of the 
screen. JSM1I its ambitious aims re- 
main commendable even though 
tho accomplishment reveals little 
deserving praise. The extremely 
long running time is also against 
it, and the chances aro that if ih«> 
sub-titles wore displayed for a suf- 
ficient period the film would be live 
minutes longer. When reviewed, 
many sub-tlth^ were flashed on and 
off so quickly that they could not 
be read. Sisfc 



DRIFTING THRU 

Pa the Exchange release of a Chartoa 

U offers Production starring: Harry Carey. 
At the Tivoli, New York, one day. Run- 
ning time, 45 minutes. 



Harry Carey is the likable sort of 
hobo in this Western. He stumbles 
into all sorts of trouble and then 
stumbles out. 

Starting out like a comedy, Carey 
is shown hoppln' freights, but dra- 
matic incidents quickly follow when 
he breaks the bank in a gambling 
joint. 

The owner of the place Is killed 
by his faithless wife. Danny is 
blamed by the woman. Losing all 
his winnings in the scramble to en- 
capo the sheriff and his posse, he 
keeps on drifting by hopping from 
a horse back to a freight and then 
to a passenger train. 

Back to where the crime was 
committed, he learns the woman 
who did the shooting and the fore- 
man of the ranch are trying to 
swindle the girl from the city who 
has Inherited the place. The girl 
happens to be the same cne who 
had sa. ed him from the sheriff's 
noose by Idlng Dan In her state- 
room when the passenger train was 
beln? searched. 

The woman, following a runaway 
accident, confesses her crime on 
her deathbed, and Dan, having 
saved his benefactress from a swin- 
dle, wins her for n mate. 

Usual "western." with the only 
Inconsistency that Carey knocks 
half a dozen huskies cold with 
straight lefts while supposedly suf- 
fering from a bullet wound in the 
arm. 

Skinner's Dress Suit 

A I'niwml Jnv.fl prfsciit»*iJ »>y Curl 
I .:i I'M i ! n ' ■ ■, m irrlnp KrtonaM Drruiy ami 

1. mji.i |..( ri.m!" Kt.mi t!ic s'orv by Henry 
Irv.i.u I>o Ik<v I) M-rtr.l by William SHt?r. 
S>i wn at il-..- Kivoli. New York, wook M;iy 

2. lyjtl HunnlnK time 7."> minutes. 

Sklnnn- Itegir.ald Denny 

Money l,iui;i I<uplante 

I'frkln- Hen H*>n1rieks. Jr. 

Mi-I.nuKhlln K .7. RadcilfTe 

T'.mmy Arthur l*ikc 

Mr*. Colby IP'. Ida Hopper 

F;trks<>n .l.ionH Piahm 

\1;*h Smith Hetty Morriss^y 



muter who tries for a raise which 
is denied, but deceives his wife into 
the belief that he was successful in 
obtaining the advance, and through 
this she demands that he get a 
dress suit and step out with hei. 
The husband and wife are a social 



success and although the hubby 
Anally loses his Job his social con- 
nections make it possible for him 
to win a contract that the firm 
thought they had lost and finally 
they offer him a Junior partnership. 
- The story is told with an eye to 



laugh situation and William Seitei 
who directed made the most of th< 
opportunities that the story offered 
Denny as Skinner manages t( 
handle the ro'.e nicely and when he 
and Laura LaPlante start givins 
Charleston Instructions to their so- 



Huster Keaton, witii Fred (J;i- 
hourie, technical director, has re- 
turned to Hollywood from the south, 
whei'i- they were inspecting loca- 
tions for Iveaton's next picture, "The 
General." 



Universal has remade "Skinner's 
Press Suit" with Reginald Penny 
in the principal role and I -aura La 
I'lantc co-starred with him on the 
film leader. The picture is Just 
about is full of laughs as the orig- 
inal w.is and .the mere fait thai 
I'nlversal was able to break into 
a I'liMix bouse on I'.roadway for a 
pre-re'eise showing of the picture 
sh'OiM be sutflcbMit recommenda- 
tion for the production. 

It is a yarn of the suburban com- 



"PERFECT FIT. SHOULD WEAR WITH ANY AUDIENCE" 



— N. Y. Morning Telegraph. 



CARL LAEMMLE presents 

REGINALD 

DENNY 



IN 



Skinner's 
Dress Suit 



A WILLIAM SEITER Production 



With LAURA LA PLANTE 



Read These 
Reviews 

"SCORED A HIT. WILL GIVE 

you an entertaining hour and n 
half." 

Evening Graphic 

"A FUNNY PICTURE, 

b'gosh! Keeps one laughing. 
Denny Is funny." 

Daily News 

"AMUSING FARCICAL MAT- 

ter... .keep most people in pleas- 
ant state of titters/' 

N. Y. Evening Pott 

"GREETED BY MANY A | 

Rood, hearty round of applause." 

N. Y. Time: 

"BRIGHT AND BONNY. Di- 
verted audience." 

N. Y. Telegram 

"EXTREMELY AMU8ING." 

N. Y. Herald Tribune 

"A MERRY COMEDY GUAR 

anteed to stimulate laughs." 

N. Y. American 



A UNIVERSAL-JEWEL PICTURE 



Wednesday, May 5, 19M 



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friends there are any number 

J.jTaS equal to some nifty step- 

I^Laa* Hopper in the lupporting 
Jinany manages to look very well. 
fEEk Brahm as the blustering 
^tlm who Is a bit of a flirt also 
Jt< ^Sd to «core. Miss LaPlante 
SSThetter in this picture than 
^dld in "The Midnight Sun." and 
d work show* that she is more 
flfbome in comedy than in heavy 

n^tTa pipe that this one !s per- 
idot for the warm weather urograms 
^ the bluffer house*. 



is high rum runners camp on the 
pasture, kidnap Kicardo and ap- 
point him cook on their rum row 
yacht — by force. He floats the 



entire opus with his fine Italian 

hand. 

Hilling and exploitation all on the 
Beban personal appearance angle 



ship's parrot on a life preserver I and on the fact that stage and 



Fred. 



Hell Bent fer Heaven 

v atnart Blackton production presented 
J' Warner Bros. From the stage play by 
tttSiV Hughes, adapted by Marlon Con- 
Black ton. Featuring Patsy Ruth 
SJSSS and John Harron. At the Warner, 
gJ^Tork. week May 1. Running time. 

fi£%iSrt« P»tay Ruth Miller 

Sd Hunt • • ' * John *» m w rr ° n 

Sfty Lowrl. Oayn« Whitman 

.Gardner Jumra 



Bale 



screen are synchronized in th« at- 
traction. 

A large Italian draw can be ob- 
tained, since tlu picture is a fairly 
accurate portrayal of life in Ameri- 
can colonies of ihat nationality. 



and It tips the dry fleet off. They 
rescue lticardo: he returns to fight 
the heavy and win hack his love, 
the only one, by the way. the title 
being misleading, unless the parrot 
and an old horse, Mussolini, are 
counted in. 

The stage portion conies In dur- 
ing the wedding of Annetta, his 
ward, and Steve Itandall, the heavy. 
The film fades into the same set on 
stage and the marriago celebration 
takes place, with Italian and jazz 
dance.-*, some comedy *nd heavy 
emoting by Beban as the lover who 

is afraid to declare himself. Litt ; e me . rli to this on6i evidently 

The production is unusual only | perpetrated for the ciaily change 



SPEED MAD 

Perfection Pictures presentation at the 
Ari.r,a New York, one 'lay (April ;J0>. Wil- 
lum Fairbanks K<lith Huberts. U.>yd Whlt- 
!>K-k and Jnhr.ny Kux featured. Distributed 
l>y Columella i'lcturrs Corp. Running tirao. 



in that the stage and screen ure 
both represented. Beban draws ap- 
plause with his dramatic moments. 
There are a few good laughs and 
some mediocre talent In the stage 
specialties. Beban dominates the 



grind houses. It has little or no 
plot and all of it is the old stereo- 
typed stuff that flashed across the 
screens of neighborhood houses a 
thousand times. 

Bill Sandford (William Fair- 



banks) is the speed -mad son of a 
wealthy indulgent father who. tired 
oT pa>ing his lines, sends the boy 
away with $5 and a $j,f>00 car. 
After ruining a milk delivery flivver. 
Mil! volunteers to pay for the d im- 
age by d» li\ering milk in his racer. 
While thus eng-iged he meets the 
girl, Hd.th Roberts, and the \ illain. 
Lloyd Whitlo'k, who threatens to 
foreclose the mortgage on her lath- 
er's home unless she marr ies him. 

To save her from a distasteful 
marriage ho enters the amateur 3<>o- 
niile auto race and is. of course, op- 
posed for honors on the track by the 
would-be mortgage foree'oser. Tlu 
old familiar frame-up foTows. but 
Bill's bull dog saves him from an 
abduction and a handiiy p'aeed 
motorcycle and ri n .icrop!: 1 n n bring 
him to the track just in time to 
win the race and the girl for a flock 
of hurrays. 

The story is an open and shut 
affair to anyone who Is even a mild 
movie fan. 



Tiffany's for Next Season 

Tiffany Production. Inc., an- 
nounces 20 i>i od iii lioiis si !n d ;;!< d, 
for release , J'1-'L > 7, "That M-.dul 
From Paris." '■Flaming Tom? or." 
' Fools of Fas!::..!!." "The Tempest," 
"One Hour of 1 >>w\' "Wives." "Sin 
Cargo," "S. Iliads Ilight." 'The 
Steeplechase, l'ho Tiger," "Light- 
ning. rhe Song of Steel, Die 
Mnchanted Island," 'Husband 
Hunters. " ".Snowbound." "The Life 
of a Woman," "Kagmg Seas," "Top 
of the World. Hie S^w^red King" 
and "Tale of a Vanishing People. " 

In announcing the release pro- 
gram. M. II. Hoffman, of the Tif- 
fany company, said that $.">00,000 
has been apportioned for exploita- 
tion purposes. 



_ Hunt James Marcus 

Cre Hunt Wilfred North 

Selbie 



Matt Hunt " u, V ou 

d Hunt Evelyn 



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"Hell Bent fer Heaven" was the 
Pulltxer pri*e play of several sea- 
fon's ago. As a picture it isn't 
coin* to win any prizes anywhere, 
imply bbcause the theme of re- 
ligious fanaticism has been some- 
what subdued In the picture, which 
has been handled along the lines of 
i the average old-fashioned screen 
I' meller with the usual floods that 
j! bo longer have a novelty on the 
•J screen. 

What the Warners should have 
^ done with this picture is to have 
j' announced a new star in Gardner 
James and sat back and heard the 
ft critics rave about a performance 
j that would just about have been 
n over their heads and by the 
I tame token given the film fans 
1' something to talk about, for they 
would have tried to dope out 
whether some one was trying to 
play a Joke on them or if the little 
mountaineer who "got camp meetln' 
religion" was really the hero of the 
picture. 

James certainly runs away with 
the picture and dominates every 
scene that he Is in. Next to him is 
Evelyn Selbie in a character role 
of the mountaineer mother that she 
puts over in remarkable shape, 
▲gainst these two the mere screen 
actors have no chance whatever. 

It is a tale of the hills where feuds 
have raged in the past. The Hunts 
and the Lowrles have been two 
contending factions, but Andy Low- 
tie and Sid Hunt have been pals 
and Sid Is to marry Andy's sister 
Jude. But Sid went off to war, and 
the screen play opens on the day of 
Bis return. 

Sid's return knocks out Rufe's 
expectations as far as Jude is con- 
cerned. He plans to set Andy 
against Sid and cause a renewal 
of the feud. The final line is "Well. 
Rufe taught us that there is no 
sense In havln* feuds." 

Outside of the two players men 
tloned, James Mm reus gave a cork- 
ing performance as the elder Hunt, 
granddaddy of them all. while Wil- 
fred North sufficed as the father of 
the hero. But both the featured 
players were last under the wire 
for histrionic honors in this pic- 
ture, 

. J. Stuart Blnckton's direction 
Won't win any medals either If this 
Picture In to be the entry in nnv 
contest of t nt hind. Frrd. 



The Big Money Man From the West! 



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LOVES OF RICARDO 

L.os Angelefl, May 1. 

r*J?r* e ^** ,,:in "tnrred In own production 
J* Aim ami avnrnronlzed Mi\pe scene 
goenarlo. fllreetlon and dlnlo* hv Mr 
*wan. Presented by Raul Mn"nus 
J^w i Af Metronolltnn, I^i Aneel*»s. 
F»eK of Aj-rll ".(), Uunnlne time. pit-two 
w minute* r ,]a V 23 minute; total. 1oT» 
mjniiten. Heven reels, fl.HOO foot. Two 
orner reels on.irted on the ntntre. 

Rlcsrrto Vyelll Oeorre ftehan 

2" ne,, ;» T.nl'tn T.ee 

V. Rr,rv1;, U Monte C llins Jr 

■aroo MrtrflnHll Alhnno V.ilorlo 

jnora Mnrtinolll Mnreokovn 

l **r Vlllnno Slur-or Kron.ll 

ai«o aptoirinjf o n the Ft.\ce. 27 rr-pmhern 
ins prr^n m«t nnd fJcorpe liehnn's 
IUlUn S'r!nr Orchestra. 



The Lovop of Rlcardo," the latest 
JJj George Bohm's series of picture 
J^y*' Is .-mother one of those 
mlngs In which Beban proves that 
Pe screens well as an Italian and 
J-nen comes out on the stage at n 
critical moment to plav his act with 

?r nUt ' tand ln »»PPort. 

The star la a grocer and fruit 
merchant this time in a film with 
JJJ°rj. nrt, °n than there are Schmidts 
Jlf 7* lwa ''!<™. To enumerate some 
or the tried but true stuff used 
f«S re , ftn - fl Phts. the Charleston 
iaKe lnnd deal, blackmail, bootleg- 
kct"s, U. H. Navy (api)lause), rum 
runnm^. n rP> nuto po i nK OV er cliff 

jna thrilling rescue of ladv In auto 
»"er it i H „ vor Thp old j 1()ko w;iM 

orouglu nil the way through with a 
new twist here and there and a 
touch of humor. 

The story tell M of Rlcardo. play- d 
J>y I" h:in. who has adopted a beau- 
J ,ri " girl, well phot(»graphed by 
JJJL 11 ; 1 1^«-. He is in love with her 
_ , ;A bout to propose when she nn- 
"ounct.., i 1(>r ( . npMBOrnlint to a b i K 
pooirof.rn Tlliln frnm j> oVv i| nB ('.reen. 
all-.ws the rue chalker to walk 
* :xv with th<> kW\ and buvs n piece 
«L V u } Uli4t K*' u irrigation -when 
tul " ''"'iifs in." "While the" wa\er 



WILLIAM FOX Presents 




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HARD 



BOILED 



TLidinq with IjAuth in the. Wide Open Spaces 

HELEN OtAimiCK-Cfimls CONKUNPHYLUS HAVER 

TONY, the wonder hofse 
Story by SHANNON FIFE 
J. 0. BLYSTONE ?rod action 





Fox Film Corporation, 




22 



VARIETY 



NEW ACTS THIS WEEK 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



JACK NORWORTH and DORO- 
THY ADELPHI 
Sketch and tongs 
20 Mins.; Full and on* 
Palace 

Jack Nor worth and Dorothy Adel- 
phi open In Gus Weinburg's aketch, 
"The Naggers/* the same thing W. 
C. Fields and Julie Ring used to 
panic the Equity show audience a 
few Sundays back. On the Palace 
program the staging is credited to 
Fields. 

Opening In full stage a four post- 
er bed is revealed, with the hus- 
band and wife quarreling. The 
woman's idea is that hubby is out 
monkeying around on the aide 
while the hubby's main Idea Is to 
atom the flow of talk and snatch a 
little sleep. But the wifie Isn't to be 
silenced. It's one of those Intimate 
third degrees with a Jealous woman 
holding the whip hand. The wind- 
up has tiiem chasing under the bed. 

Plenty of gags and laughs. Both 
are in sleeping garments. Norworth 
wears pajamas and the wife one of 
those fancy lingerie businesses. In- 
jected into the general comedy Is a 
phone call bit, ostensibly a call from 
the janitor, Elmer, downstairs. In 
it Norworth finishes every sentence 
with "yes, Elmer" and after about 
five minutes of that, hangs up to tell 
the wife that Elmer was calling. 
Stopped the act. 

Norworth went well with the 
•ketch and then came out in "one," 
singing a medley of the old songs 
to the accompaniment of some 1905 
illustrated song slides. The laughs 
here were gained because the slides 
were foreign to the song matter and 
the whole thing ended in a jumble 
with the couple going off to cordial 
applause. 

Good sketch and sure with Its 
laughs. The song stuff also clicked, 
thereby Insuring Norworth and his 
new routine a welcome in any of the 
big timers. And when that bed busi- 
ness gets into the three-a-day places 
it should be even more of a big 
noise. BUk. 



KERR and WESTCN AND CO. (3) 
"Breaking Into Society" (Comedy) 
One and Full 8tsge (Special Drop) 
Broadway (Vaude* Pets). 

New skit for Donald Kerr and 
Effle WeBton. As Mr. Kerr stated 
on the stage he has been away from 
vaudeville In pictures— comedy pic- 
tures. He's back again and prob- 
ably just "showing* this turn. It's 
"in," needing but a little fixing in 
the parlor scene and toward the 
climax of that. 

For the finish of the parlor scene 
Effle as a coat room girl posing as 
Donald's wife In the home of his 



JACK DELANEY end CO (0) 
Trailing and Sparring 
15 Mine.} Full Stage 
Hippodrome (St. Vaude) 

Jack De'aney Is the foremost con- 
tender of the light heavyweight 
title held by Paul Berlenbach. Jack 
has knocked out three champions 
but is not a champion himself, hav- 
ing had the misfortune of landing 
on the buttons of the champions 
before they won or after they had 
lost their titles. Paul Berlenbach, 
Mike McTlgue, the former holder of 
Paul's crown, and Tiger Flowers, 
the present middleweight champ, 
are among his victims. 

Delaney is a sweet ring drawing 
card. About the sweetest in New 
York, with the natural exception of 
Jack Deinpsey. He Is then sure to 
draw many of his followers to the 
Hippodrome this week. 

But these followers will be disap- 
pointed in Jack as an actor. He 
will fall to knock them dead aa he 
has his opponents in the ring. 

He demonstrates a muscle exer- 
cise, skips the rope, punches the 
bag and spars for about three min- 
utes with Andy "Kid" Palmer, not 
so long ago of championship timber 
himself. Outside of the regular 
routine Jack displays no showman- 
ship. 

Mondav night. Ed Sullivan, sports 
editor of the New York "Graphic," 
was brought on the stage to referee 
the "bout*' between Delaney and 
Palmer. Fd had little to do as the 
match was done strictly in accord- 
ance with rules laid down at re- 
hearsals. 

Two men and a kangaroo were 
brought on to box after Jack's bit. I p^^T " " 
The kangaroo entertained with bia L Min|>{ Fu|| {%n%Qlml) 



MRS. PARK BENJAMIN end CO. 

(3) 

Sengs and Violin Se!e 
13 Mins.; One 
Hippodrome (St Vaude.). 

Mrs. Park Benjamin Is THE 
Mrs. Park Benjamin. 

Mrs. Park aspires vocally. Hav- 
ing previously attempted the con- 
cert field with reported success she 
is now taking a whang at vaude- 
ville. Mrs. Park Is beautiful. But 
she has not an extraordinary nor 
even a very good voice. 

Mrs. Benjamin Ls not for vaude- 
ville. But her name may be. 

Mrs. Benjamin c&n go far, no 
doubt, on her name but not far 
enough to be considered a compe- 
tent artiste. 

Mrs. Benjamin carries a violin- 
lat, Maximilian Rose, concert artist 
He is. said tj have been a popular 
violinist in society's parlors. He, 
too, seemed to miss. Vincent de 
Sola accompanies throughout at the 
piano. 

Mrs. Benjamin sings three clas- 
sics and one popular air. She does 
not change from her white spangled 
gown. Rose plays one solo on .he 
violin after Mrs. Benjamin's first 
three and accompanies in the final. 

A -name" act with plenty phys- 
ical attraction but nil as entertain- 
ment. 

Several presumably society 
friends applauded vigorously but 
were not helped enough by the 
balance of the audience to cause an 
encore. No encore was given. 



LEDOVA and CO. (8) 



of 



leg antics. 

Delaney, with his fighting 
should be a natural draw. 



rep, 



ALBRIGHT and HARTE 
Piano and Songs 
12 Mins.; One 

American Roof (Vaude-Pcts) 

Man and woman with a more or 
less familiar routined offering of 
piano and songs but better than 
average due to the talents of the 
pair. 

The man is a clean cut appearing 
male who plays piano and sings 
and the girl a good looking op 
poslte with an excellent voice, 



81st St. (Vaude-Pcts) 

This mistress of toe work now 
has her own act, having broken 
away from George Choos to go In 
the "Music Box." Retaining 
the Scherban Gypsy Quintet from 
the former vaude turn as musical 
accompaniment, Mile. Led ova now 
has a male dahclng partner as well 
as a tenor for Individual assistance. 

Prettily set In glittering gold 
drapes the act has appearance and 
starts out stronger than it finishes. 
This is due to the featured mem- 
ber's toe work. 

Long acknowledged to be among 
the best at this type of terpslchore, 



which appears to best advantage* I Miss Ledova is throwing her 



in singing semi-classical numbers. 

The turn opens with the man at 
the piano for an introduction song. 
She enters after an offstago num- 
ber, making an Immediate Impres- 
sion on appearance, dressed in 
tmi-evening clothes. 
Singles and doubles follow with 
the man* leaving the box occaslon- 
_ _ ally to accompany her. A medley 

wealthy but\aknown~uncler~says | ot Parodies, while old schooly was 

well written and handled. The 



she's going to take air. Donald 
shoots her aa Efflo starts to leave. 
The butler exclaims "He shot her 
in the back." Everyone echoes It 
as Donald goes Into a dance. Funny 
but leaving an awkward exit for the 
finish. 

Turn opens in "one," In the ves- 
tibule of a night club. Donald calls 
dressed In balloon trousers and ec- 
centric coat. Flirts with the coat- 
room young woman (Miss Weston) 
Thon into the plot. 

In the full set there Is much danc 
Ing. Some toe work Is by Dorothy 
Sierra, who does it better on her 
to os than when talking. Kerr and 
Weston's double acrobatic dancing 
is sure-fire, while the dancing fin- 
ish after the climax is topped off 
by Kerr's own twisting dance solo, 
that 
speech. 

Just •? sweet a Juvenile couple 
as ever. The pictures didn't hurt 
them. Miss Weston handles dialog 
dellclously in this skit. Mr. Kerr 
comics his way through easily 
without the dancing or the clothes, 
but altogether they make him ir- 
resistible for laughs. 

A real vaudeville comedy act. 

8ime. 



male gets comedy when necessary 
through an excellent delivery. 

One error was for the girl to go 
through the entire act without 
making a change. She has a nice 
figure and can wear clothes. She 
should tone down her mannerisms 
for vaudeville, however, being ad- 
dicted to the exaggerated carriage 
and gesture. 

The act did nicely here and can 
duplicate in any of the interme- 
diate houses. Con. 



LUCILLE BALLANTINE and CO. 

(5) 

Songs and Dancing 
18 Mine.; One and Full (Special) 
Fifth Ave. (Pop Vaude) 
Lucille Ballantine isn't new to 



strength into the first two numbers. 
After that she is off her toes to 
solo for an unimpressive Russian 
interpretation and thence joined, as 
a- finish, by her partner for a Mexi- 
can heel conception. Neither rates 
with the initial dances and a re- 
arrangement of routine might help. 

The stringed orchestra solos twice 
for both cause and effect while the 
tenor steps out from faking a 
guitar to warble briefly and then 
again as an adjunct to the finale. 
The act needs no correction in re- 
spect to appearance, Miss Ledova 
changing costume for each dance 
and looking well in each. 

An early snatch of Individualism 
from her partner was of sufficient 
merit to hint that it could stand 
prolongation and the aforemen- 
tioned misplacing of strength should 
be corrected. Otherwise, the act 
can stand as currently playing. 

With the elimination of the final 
two numbers and the tenor It im- 
presses as sureflro for the picture 
houses. Bkig. 



CHARLES KING and CO. (•) 
Sengs and dances 
2S Mins.- Pull stage (Speeial) 
Palace, New York 

Charles King with a group 
young folks around him, giving 
ballast to his songs and chatter 
and providing him with the oppor- 
tunity for that informal talk which 
he handles so well. The setting is 
a eye, handsome, yellow and well 
trimmed. His company Includes 
the O'Brien Sisters, two nice look- 
ing girls who dance, harmonize 
with the ukulele and talk baby 
talk without looking at their rouged 
knees. Sidney Franklin Is the 
pianist and Violet McKee, formerly 
a prima donna in burlesque (and 
a good one, Incidentally), help the 
others keep things moving until 
George Moeser, the youthful 
Charleston specialist comes on to 
save the cleaners all that nulsar.ee 
of mopping up. 

King sings several pop numbers 
well, the O'Briens are given two 
good spots which they adequately 
fill, while Miss McKee is given both 
singing and dancing opportunities 
and proves herself worthy of big 
time vaudeville, either as a single 
woman in an early spot with songs 
or as a combination singer and 
dancer with a revue turn such as 
this. She didn't get a reception on 
entering, which proves the mob 
didn't know her, but she got plenty 
of that applause business when 
through, so at least she gave her- 
self a swell introduction. Franklin's 
piano work stood out because of Its 
smoothness and the turn as a 
whole, which hinged on King's 
songs and personality, scored gen- 
uinely in the trey. 

For the picture houses It looks 
like one of ,the nicest things yet, 
for this act has speed, songs, 
dances, good looking gals and some 
voices that'll fill the biggest of Mr. 
Movieman's emporiums. And for 
vaudeville, too, it's okeh most any- 
where. Bisk. 



PAUL JACOBSON 
Golf Shots 

15 Mine.: Full (Special) 
State (Vaude-Pcts) 

Paul Jacobson is the Chicago golf 
wizard. His turn comprises trick 
shots and sphere driving. Bronson 
and Chain wisecrack and clown 
while Jacobson plants his shots. 
This helps in stringing the turn out 
for Its running time. 

Without the aid of the team 
Jacqbson's routine could be done in 
six minutes. Although a novelty 
that would hardly suffice on its own 
for vaudeville. Consequently the 
drafting of Bronson and Chain who 
are rotating on the same bills as 
the golfer preceding him with their 
regulation two act and Joining him 
in the closer for additional clown- 
ing. 

Jacobson comes on attired in 
knickers and plants the golf balls 
on prop puts on a raised platform, 
cracking them and sending them 
against a curtain In the rear. His 
routine consisted of rotation shots 
legitimately and whanging the 
cubes from Chain's dome for 
comedy. As a trio combination it 
gets over well. Edba. 



KITTY DONER (2) 

Male Impersonations 

25 Mine.; in "two" (Special) 

Palace 

It has been a year or more since 
Kitty Doner played the Palace, hav- 
ing spent the time between out In 
California in "Lady, Be Good, 1 * 
playing the first part she did la 
skirts. Now she's back for a vaude- 
ville trip, doing an act In "one" with 
Just an accompanist. Jack Carroll, 
and a maid who does a bit or so. 

The exterior setting of a houne is 
halfway rnasked In by black drapes, 
one side of the house holding (in- 
side the window) Carroll and his 
piano, while the other side (French 
window) opened to let the audience 
watch a transformation from skirts 
to pants, the transformation begin- 
nlng with a strip down to the bare 
essentials and then building up 
until Kitty emerged as a Scotch- 
man, with kilts, the little trousers 
under them (a mystery heretofore) 
and the little dofunny In front. 

Her first number on opening was 
done in evening dress, the second 
done in the costume of a French 
dandy of the Gaston type, a song 
accompanying each. Then she 
made an appearance in skirts for 
some pood high kicking, after which 
a tough gal bit was done, followed 
by (he stripping and the change to 
Scotch. 

Miss Doner did her tap dancing la 
the first number and mighty well—* 
scoring on that alone. But more Im- 
portant than either her dancing or 
her male impersonations was the 
fact that she worked minus any- 
one's aid, did the entire act (except 
the piano stuff) all alone and scored 
as well as she ever scored with the 
family around her in a big flash 
turn. 

Monday night she appeared to 
fine advantage, combining the en- 
thusiasm and infectious pleasure of 
working with the already good ma- 
terial which helps her attractive 
and unique talents. She rivals Ella 
Shields in the male impersonations 
and that is no scant praise. What 
makes her an even more important 
figure is that marvelous dancing 
stuff. 

Kitty Doner, then. Is not Just a 
headliner — she's a headlincr who 
offers not only a well known name 
but some honest-to-John entertain^ 
ment. 8i*tc 



GREEN and GALE 
12 Mine.; One (Spec.) 
Talk and Song 



brought him back for the vaudeville nor is this present lay- Majestic, Chicago (Vaude -Pet) 



HARRY BARRIS 

Comedy 

12 Minutes ' 

Grand Central. St. Louis (Pets.) 



out a change for her. She is again 
surrounded by boys. In this in 
stance there are four, mainly stop 
dancers, who work with and with- 
out her. Nothing particularly novel 
at any stage of the routine, but 
Miss Ballantlne's appearance stands 
up as does her work, while the men 
foil well enough. 

The action opens in "one" with 
the boys waiting for the feminine 
soloist and the flvesome then going 
into a dance. Into full stage for 
a draped set and about five more 
dances during which Miss Ballan- 
tine does adagio work as well as 
soloing. A fast toe dance brought 
healthy applause for the girt while 



This boy, billed as a Jazz pianist, a loap to a mld . alr split| 3U p P ortod 
but whose "nut" Hongs are the act, a t each foot by 
can take credit for stopping the 
show at the Grend Central. Work 
ing in front of Gene Rodemjch's or- 
chestra, featured in the week's stage 
show, Barris had. the crowd tied in 
knots with his seneselcss songs. 
After two encores, he hod to re- 
spond with a "thank you," and only 
then did the applause subside. He 
is said to have worked with Paul 
Ash in Chi. The maestro sever 
misscsl 

Young; peppy — and goofy Is this 
younjr man Barris. And he enn help 
any. show.. . " , , . Jbpubel, 



a male, also drew 
attention. One change of costume 
by the cast, and the men's dancing 
is superior to their sing. 

Miss Ballantine is one of those 
girls who looks better as the value 
of her environment Increases. 
"Class" to this young woman if it 
Is set off to advantage and here 
she gets nothing more than the 
average flash act "break." 

However, those present seeming- 
ly fancied Miss Ballantine on both 
looks and ability, tho results bring 
creditable and mainly throngh her 
efforts. &kig. 



Talk takes place in a railway sta- 
tion, the special drop conveying the 
desired effect. The man, in black- 
face, is dressed , as "hired help.' 
Woman uses » ta% make- up and 
flashy clothes. 

She Is about, It is revealed, to 
Join a show, and a" the train Is 46 
minutes late, they settle down for 
several minutes of very clever 
gagging. An unfamiliar but very 
good song duet is used as a closer. 

Act is good enough for the better 
dates. Hal. 



DEIRO 
Aecordian'st 
8 Mins.; One 
Hippodrome (St. Vaude) 

Delro has been heard on phono- 
graph records, following his vaude- 
ville date?, lie is a clever artist. 
Personality and talent. 

At the big Hip he went on In No 
2 and scored. Three classics and 
medley v of popular numbers were 
played beautifully and well re 
ceived. An encore equally so. 

A competent turn for vaudeville 
or pictures. 

Deiro's return to vaudeville nt 
this date srd his succour stomps 
him. as a standard ft layer. 



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POWERS OUT OF A. t 



(Continued from page 4) 



out 



contract which he would farm 

to the producers. 

That Powers also has Marshall 
Neilan and Eric Von Stroheim un- 
der contract and is participating in 
their Famous Players contracts was 
another of the points on which 
there was a split, especially as Von 
Stroheim was making the produc- 
tion for Famous release on the A. 
E. lot. 

In addition to this Powers was 
also demanding a salary of $1,000 
weekly for his own services in di- 
recting the destinies of the studios. 

As long ago as last January 
Powers was of the mind that he 
wanted to step out of the A. K. 
proposition and this would practi- 
cally have loft the banking inter- 
ests holding the bag, but seemingly 
tho hankers now not only have tho 
bag but have Powers In it and arc 
holding on to the strings. 

Oscar Price at present seems 1<> 
be on the Job with tho same A. K. 
staff that has boon operating the 
organisation since It was taken over 
from Pa the. 

It is reported the only outstand- 
ing indebtedness the organization 
has Is what is owing the bankers 
Mtid that all outside creditors have 
been practically paid or will bo 
within a day or so. 

What t lie future policy of control 
wiM ?>o has not hern as yet deter- 
mined oa. 



PALACE 

(St. Vaude) 

The Charleston Is neither dead nor 
dying. A youngster barely out of 
his teens proved it at the Palace 
Monday night— a youngster named 
Goorge Moeser, who came on late 
In Charley King's new act What 
he did to that lowdown, swift side- 
kicking dunce is hardly an affair of 
municipal importance, but certainly 
It is of vaudeville moment when a 
kid so young can out-step Georgia 
Raft and make the early female 
"champs" look like lame ducks. This 
kid stands in about the same spot 
most of the time, but his special 
trick Is the swing of his leg back 
instead of forward for the whirly 
manipulation. Just as a thunder- 
storm broke, it received a flock of 
opposition from the Palace audi- 
ence, who were trying to show 
young Mr. Moeser that they liked 
him plenty. Small wonder they liked 
him, for he turned out ono of the 
best quality Charlestons seen in 
this neck of the woods since they 
slopped talking about the League of 
Nations. 

His moment was brief, but big. 
As he was the newcomer of the 
evening. <o him go"s the % palm and 
bay. Otherwise, the show* was pep- 
pered with reliable vaudevilllans, 
people like the LcGrohs, Charles 
King, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Barry, 
Blossjm Seeloy, Charlotte Green- 
wood, Kitty Doner and Jack Nor- 
worth and Miss Adelphl. All in all, 
a standard show with a line-up that 
clicked nine-tenths of the way, the 
pole weok stuff being Martin 
Broones' pianolog in the Green- 
wood turn, and the familiarity of 
the Barry?;' turn. ' 

Willie Mauss and his bicycle 
trick — that of riding around the in- 
terior circumference of a large and 
swiftly revolving wheel, opened the 
show with a five-minute stretch 
pfukod with excitement. Then the 
LcGrohs, with their familiar con- 
tortionists stuff, beginning this 
week In vaudeville after closing last 
week with I«M Wynn's show — that 
same troupe that in Harrisburg, ra-» 
recently got a request from some 
male quartet for a flock of aisle 
seatf. on a Saturday night. 

After them came Charles Klruj 
and Co. (New Acts), the "and Co.' 
meaning the O'Brien Sisters, Violet 
McKee and young Moeser, plus 
Sidney Franklin at the piano. King 
was a set-up in third and had to 
beg off with a speech, whllo Mr. 
and Mrs. Jimmy Barry, in fourth, 
did their veteran pklt, "Scandals of 
Henrfoot Corners'." 

Blossom Seeley and Bonnie TVlds 
next nnd closing intermission, doing 
most of the art which they used on 
a. recont ' swing over: the orph«*»*-*«- 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



VAUDEVILLE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



23 



Bourne and Phil Ellin, at the final whistle. But Monday night 

QrJrZndB kept a constant rhythm they jumped oft their wheels with 

yjSody funning through the turn, the score tied at two-all when the 

a Miss Sceley pulled some tancy usual winner failed to shoot his 

HAeviUe dramatics with a tense basket. He very seldom misses 

UHtAl of "My Dream of the Big when he doesn't want to. 

Stride" a new pop release which Delro, accordionist (New Acts) 

Hnbabiy isn't so much for the mob, formerly heard on records, followed, 

Sit has so much sob stuff, patriot- an( j got over< He phased all around. 

Sn and the rest of that combina- Ever-smiling Bobby McLean, the 

UHi pushed into its verses that f orme r speed skating champion and 

riihtly handled it should be a always a good showman, did his fa- 

•Tudevllle wonder. miliar bit on the "ice." In the turn 

For an encore, Seeley and Fields are WIllie Frlck and Kathleen Pope, 

jia a skit in "one"— about the girl champions themselves at figure 

Sho was going to shoot herself but 8katlngr# Thcy are 8p iendld. 

•ho didn't do it before a kind man A flash turn 8uppoaed to be an . 

JSne along to sympathize— and dia other Bport monopo iy ( turned, out to 

Si killing himself when he got ats- be a i es itiinate dance hit. Johnny 

™ . laugh. ■ G , »>"i'>ii Xi-»i„ >m„ # „i. n 



nuted. A laugn. Farreli, Florida state goir champ, 

•intermission with the orchestra nlt fcw balla around and callud it 
•living, one of those "Topics of the a day NothinR 
Say" gag reels Just to show the LUUe Anthony Francesco, Charles 
Is**. . ^,if fmnt where Brood 1 



Dorothy Francesca, next, con- 
tributed a song cycle of character 
numbers working in "one" and 
carrying a feminine piano accom- 
panist. Of tho five numbers of her 
repertoire "The Tryout" number, 
wherein Mist, Francesca gave im- 
pressions of the various applicants 
for a new "Follies" cast was the 
best bet. The ballad encore was 
also well received, but didn't count 
In comparison with the former. 

The Jack Fowell Sextet was the 
wake 'em up contribution up to No. 
4 with Powell in cork cutting 
capers on the instruments and 
pructically making a pair of drum- 
sticks talk. The c'owning inter- 
spersed a group of fivo selections 
featuring brass and blending into a 
corking musical offering, sure fire 
for vaudeville and a bet for pic 

f b«b - . , , .„..v.v^u, ^..»..v« , lure houses. Provoked the heaviest 

-rofessionals out front where gooa ton s t e pper, went big. Anthony was applause and could have encored, 
Jagg go and then Into the act or bl i le d as a "Jockey." To prove his but gave way to Chain and Bronson 
J«ck Norworth in Qua W einne rg s occupa tion, Tony wore a Jockey suit in next to shut for some sure com- 
■ketch. "The Naggers (New Ac «j. and entered on a horse. Anthony edy that gradually warmed up to 
Then Charlotte Greenwood, ine may nave ^en a Jockey, but he howls, especially the fake mind 
^ed headliner, first in songs wiin danced in a cabare t the past wfnter. reading bit which had Bronson 
Uirtin Broones at the piano, woi A tW o-man dancing team, Leo Burns working in the auditorium and un- 
ao forte with the songs, as "Jf* and Tom Foran. saved the turn, mistakably cueing Chain for the 
weren't so forte }J en l selve V™» Following a formal routine dance, supposed guessing stunts. The boys 
tune like that "I**ddy ^9?* **** they introduced their "Red Grange worked this up for six minutes and 
number she used in ithe music box Football Dance." "For the First kept the mob howling. Later they 
JUvoe" being worth all she sang Time on Any stage." It's a clever Joined Paul Jacobson, Windy City 
before going into the lier Jjorn- bu Both wear football headgears, golf wizard, who offered a routine 
to* Bp*V sketch, a howl irom j>e- One, with football in hand, does a of trick shots while Chain and 
fining to finish and so gooa inai slow march down the stage, weav- Bronson clowned from the side lines 
JVen its repetition doesn t maKe u Ing m and QUt ftfl does the famoUR with the combination getting over 
gn, the less enjoyable. Kitty Doner .. Red/ . and all this to slow clop | f or big results. Edba. 

next, working in two < N . e ^ * c "'« tlme - Tne other is the tackier, and 

with a pianist, Jack Carroll a nd the lg rhythmlcall evaded . 

B ost utilitarian i of «ettlngs. But . (Roman Rcvel8 » Kvwy . 5TH AVE. 

given a real welcome arter a years thmg non . Romun but the costumes. /w j o- * \ 

absence. „nslde Mme. Rhea and Santoro. adagio ( vaude- Hicts) 

Lottie Atherton, with her upsiae dancers and John Roblnson . s elc . House looked skimpy at 8:30 

sown dancing and the l *P phants make up the turn. That the Monday evening, and it never did 

on the steps, closed the show worK- b i 00 d-thirsty Romans were ever en- really fill up 

tag before a eye *""® v ®*""? "Sm tertalned by elephants and slim it was a peculiarly framed bill 

eelf as the only woman on ™ e . u _" dancers is not of historical record, at the night performance. Three 

with long hair. She nem mem in at Ru( . the Romang ftt the Hlp ate up acts m „ ono „ and tnree m full sUge 

the Palace, going rig ™ y> ncr the act Mr Santoro la a flnely two of the latter type windIn8r up 

chorea without stalling ami bulu mftn amJ ftn oxocllent dancint r t he bill with the obvious result of 

ing to a good house. partner. Mr. Robinson's elephants a considerable wait. Hal Skelly 

Business Monday f. ™" proved the legitimate hit of the was No. 5, with the Tom Davles 

downstairs, but off in ine oa'tony hm Th ^ manimot u 8 are well Trio motorcycling turn closing, 

and gallery. Some of the . box chairs tralned Though Skelly has a closing bit In 

were vacant, too. JJP" a * r " . Mr. Delaney (New Acts) followed "one." the setting up of the bowl 

down. I was * J°" R i^J." and was followed In turn by Gaston for the Davles act requires over 10 

^.«.in*h?i?itwi^ once only a J^Peler but minutes. Skelly, toplinlng. stated 

up at 11:30, but It a gooa snow, nQw r . <Fronch Humorist." Palmer the cyclists were abroad for some 
too. lacking in the bunkum nasn ta]ka French fas( . and EngIlsh with years, but his mission was to stall 
acta, which may < cost . mon ^ y : n . D r VM ft French accent. His laughs are the house for the wait. The curtain 
don !^ ,?J^. e ^ nt ^ r l^L"™^r^ J^riJ^ i^ v- I created by misses and mistakes in | was raised and the audience looked 

on while the crew and motorcyclists 
readied the apparatus. 



new one on the Roof, as they intermission, to be followed by the 



couldn't hang the special drop. 

As far as the old turn was con- 
cerned ».he Roof never knew the dif- 
ference. They yelled at the "audl- 
once" entrance, and took the "ad- 
dress" of the straight member as 
seriously as in the days of the Lib- 
erty Loan drives. Some of the gags 
are older than the act, but they 
went Just the same. One of the hits 
of the bill. 

O'Neill and Plunkett. blackface 
comics with possibilities, treyed in 
a good routine of crossfire topped 
off by dancing. One switches to 
"dame" in the middle of the turn, 
returnlrg for crossfire and the 
dance. The talk in this portion is 
far superior to the early brand. The 
taller member seemed hampered by 
a cold. If his tonsils were hitting 
on all two, he wants to watch his 
enunciation. His semi-nance char- 
acter under cork is funny and well 
handled otherwise. They liked them 
here. 

The Joe Carson and Kitty Kane 
Revue closed the first half in bang- 
up fashion. Without making the 
usual fuss the three girls and two 
men accounted as difficult and 
smooth a dance routine of versatile 
stepping as any of the revues seen 
in the higher circles. Brown turns 
in a triple-time buck-and-wlng 
that's a pip, and Miss Kane is there 
also. The assistants, Alma Brahan. 
Jack Barry and Rella Kramer round 
out excellent support. The act is 
prettily costumed and as fast as a 
whippet. 

Bright and Hart (New Acts) 
opened the second half, and after 
the Clarks, the Gains Bros., two 
whirlwind ground tumblers, closed 
the vaudeville portion. 

Florence and Arnold, opening, and 
Joyce Sisters and Haley, next, were 
muffed by a tardy reviewer. Con. 



Barthelmess picture, ".lust Suppose." 
A Hal Roach comedy featuring 
Thcda Kara was ahead of the 
vaudeville portion as well the 
proverbial news events. Skig. 



don't give enieri».. .u«. c « created by misses and mistakes In 

revealing In a ™\ y ™^} U l**l lingo. His 12 minutes proved ample 
oat of names that meart some- ^ * , setting for a 



thing in their respective lines. 



8lsk. 



HIPPODROME 

(St. Vaude) 



swimming act. which closed. i All of tnat Beem ed unnecessary. 

The Misses Aileen Riggin, Olym- Had skolly been spotted fourth and 

pic diving champion; Helen Wain- an act ln .. one ... placed after him 

wright, all-round woman cham- tne wait could have been ellml 

pion, and Gertrude Ederle. whose nated> There was no reason to ex 

chief claim to fame lies in her tend the show's running time, since 

brave, but futile, attempt to swim tnere was an "opportunity contest" 



▲ "sports carnival"— and not at t ne English Channel, despite her i mme diately afterward, 

the. Madison Square Garden! But man y records, showed their aquatic „,,„.„„ or „ n( . am . nt v ft(1 

It may have well been at the Gar- kn0 wl e dge in a beautifully staged • Another curious arrangement had 

den, for that famous sport em- production turn. The three girls 

porium was mentioned ever so often are recently turned professionals 



porium waS mentioned ever so often ' are recently turned professionals • «" 1 h • w f a U r d.. 8t ||tct.™e ^h"ch 

throughout ^ c—i 10 ^: Sff^^K 



Fresne and the Evans Brothers 



program, in the announcements, as 8po rt world. 

the title of an act, and even on a William Hiilllgan, known in , _ . Tt . neatlv costumed 
back drop. I vaudeville and revues, acted , as | SJ™*;.,.? J* A U^H* Ji°th "T-e 



i . n i no with iifttA dance turn and got over with ease. 

Tex Rlckard is the main thing at master ceremonies. With little Comed waa llght generally true 

the Garden. But Tex's pet aim material he got few laughs His ^ waa dQubt . 

moat powerful drawing card, Jack a PP auM , cam * i W T S125 working at a handicap with 

Delaney, has turned pro-Hip for a audience s atte ntion to ^JJ"? Eunice Sauvain out of the act for 

week and Is awkwardly strutting Foumier of tn f . Bro °^ y » 1 . er8, the night show. She appeared at 

his stuff at the big house on Sixth who was In a bo* ^. Jake bowed mat | ne# and 8 u PP er perform- 

•venue. The 16 Albcrtlna ^ ancea . Tnttl C uUe Peggy Hope 

Tex's pet. who receives 15 or 20 permanent at the theatre, niiea in the through with 

grand" for an hour's work at the in the Production turns While bet- R ^ ^ ^ ^t 

Garden, is doing 12 minutes twice ter looking than the Allan Foster ^ 

a day for a week for about $2,500. Girls, whom they replaced they are na J De « n 

Jim , ta . nobodvi fool To nlay at white sport sweaters. They looked T he Davlea act la unchanged. 

Hip on cut sa?arv b^ls is nSt Uood in the aquatic act, in yellow some of the novelty may have 

to bT relished And to Slav second one-piece bathing suits mono- wor n off. yet the act worked under 

Addle to Delanev who asoirls to gramed with an "H." Very pretty, the wait handicap and one of the 

the light ^avyweliSt tiUe which a blonde who does a buck-and-wing motora went dead a. they started 

Jim once ^eld~k3£ than that That especially so. the finish circular chase, 

nay or mlv «7? S iiiV^h™ ?l! The funnv part is that the Hip- The final of the opportunity con- 

refisil 7 * 8 podrome has turned to a good -sized test , the winners of which are to 

Sport fans are rtat th* onlv fol- monopoly on sport kings and queens appear ln a minstrel show at this 

to^mJhn iJi^^^l^lZJ t^ and the Madison Square Garden of house next week brought out a curi- 

fea«t "thill » I P . £ ? how c 5° late ^eeks turned to nn almost C us bunch of aspirants. First was 

least their eve* nn th*!r ldol«. So- I ^ mo ~ , y of elephants, here- Le w Benjamin, an old fiddler. Ills 

shock of white hair got him into the 



their eyes on their idols. So 
«lety members were, if no one else, 



81st ST. 

(Vaude and Pets.) 

Fair vaudeville playing to half a 
house that slipped with the No. 2 
act and never seemed to recover. 
Nothing especially wrong about the 
deuce holder except that 16 minutes 
were Ave overboard. It served to 
gum up what otherwise might have 
been smooth navigating. 

Johnny Murphy's chatter Is far 
from equal to the demands of a 
quarter of an hour. It started to 
pall five minutes before that. Mat 
ter of headwork and Murphy's 
Judgment Drastically sliced, he 
should suffice ln the spot 

Fleeson and Green way held the 
next-to-shut assignment, working 
easily and to definite responses 
"Samples" still follows its previous 
8chedsBB, although a few new num- 
bers have seemingly been incorpo- 
rated. A reserved duo who carry 
on without fuss and politely sell 
themselves. Just ahead Led ova 
(New Acts) danced her way to ac- 
claijn. 

Meehan's Canines opened and 
clicked on the strength of the Jump- 
ing hounds, while Johnny Murphy, 
single, followed. 

The Joe Boganny Troupe closed 



BROADWAY 

(Vaude-Pcts) 

B. S. Moss is picking up some ex- 
tra change at the Broadway. The 
olio drop belonging to tho house has 
only four advertising signs on it. 
In thi» duys of Miner'sf 8th Avenue 
and the Olympic, Harlem — but why 
go so far back? Mr. Moss has the 
ripht Idea; l.e's on Broadway. 

And now, if Mr. Moss or some of 
his vaudeville advisors can find out 
how to buy or rent first-run til ma 
instead of taking them on what 
must be the third run, like "Old and 
New Loves" this week, maybe the 
business will warrant a non -com- 
mercial new drop. 

It looked like rain outside the 
Broadway Monday night and also 
inside as the performance slopped 
along, but it got going around 8.50 
with a peach Jap perch act. Tan 
Arakls, two men and a ewoman, 
opening the show. The woman does 
new perch stuff of several kinds 
and she's a skillful acrobat Her 
work Is more trying, since it must 
be additionally timed for the pedal 
balancing of the perch. Excellent 
and to applause. 

Furman. and Davis (or Evans) are 
a conventional two-act from some- 
where. The noticeable item of the 
turn is the man's utter disregard 
for the Kelth-Albee ruling against 
anything touching on or appertain- 
ing to prohibition. The K-A rule 
probably still stands, and will until 
the A-K bunch hears that Congress 
has lost Its fear of the booze sub- 
ject. The man In the act sang a 
song of liquor that had for Its catch- 
line, "Three cheers for red wine and 
brew." Otherwise, wherever they 
can grab any spot the turn should 
take It; or, better still, have some 
one coach them both on delivery of 
the fair numbers, inclusive of the 
good finale medley. 

Followed the new Kerr-Weston 
skit (New Acts), that ran well 
enough to pull a speech out of Don- 
ald Kerr for the getaway. Another 
speech, and a comedy one, wound 
up the Bevan and Flint mixed two- 
act, with two-acts plentiful on the 
program, though a couple were ca- 
mouflaged, one with a company and 
the other with a band. Bevan and 
Flint have the- sort of fun making 
many J ike. and the woman doesn't 
laugh right into the man's laughs, 
as so many wornen do In familiar 
turns of this description — rube and 
woman straight The man reveals 
a rnther quick wit Some day. If he 
concludes to do a single aa a com- 
edy monologlst it might be worth a 
try. The woman has appearance, 
and foils nicely. 

A couple of other turns anu the 
picture, probably some shorts, too. 
as short Alms are growing cheaper. 

There's an Idea — a vaudeville bill 
of all short Alms. Look at the sav- 
ing, and the picture distributors will 
make their own cuts. That's perfect 

Bime. 



FILM HOUSE REVIEWS 



entertained hv «mf «* thiiV nwn tofore a Hippodrome standby. shock of white hair got him into ine 

set Mr! PaV LLfn rCi A two-reel Clyde Cook film com- money (cash prizes were announced, 
Acts) of vSSr 1 ™^ «t Udy opened the show and proved but the contents of the enve opes 

Um2i*A ! ♦ T°, rk B ° clet , y ' a *' better entertainment than the whole were not divulged). It was a toss- 
tempted to entertain. On fourth, | ?®i^ r jL" ,:" I up between Grace Rossi and Johnny 



Despite Mrs. Benjamin and two 
■tandard vaudeville acts, the show 
«i not of vaudeville, but of sports, 
gverything la sports. Dare and 
watu, well known in variety, with 



STATE 

(Vaude-Pcts) 



Frohman for first prize, which was 
split, off stage. Miss Rossi was 
easily the best looking among the 
girls in the contest and she sang 
pop stuff well. Lucille Wanstead, 
with classic warbling, won an en- 



i^ lr Phoney and very funny com- • Neither daylight saving nor warm wun ^Ycould not rSi. enough ap 
•«T acrobatic turn with, a lcgltl- weather displayed any physical | V"! .u. ii„„.„„ ph.ni. Mm 



*l*rS a flnlshia™ blliod*as | handicap on the attendance at this I gtauje 

2.3 *>*«,<; Novelty." They scored ace Loew house Monday n ght. JThe %-*XL.t of Charleston.. She 



heavily. Qlenn and Jenkins, in 
vaudeville for a long spell, were, 
according to the billing, "Working 
tLi a ?l 80n Square Garden" during 
ineir blackface antics. This pair 
•iways please. On the program they 
mw? 8 P° ttc <J to follow Mrs. Benja- 
2"?; What a contrast? A llly- 
iwi 6 socie ty matron and two low- 
but ? lth cork ed faces! Impossl- 
riT* 80 Glenn and Jenkins and 
TjJ and Wahl were switched 

Just aa bad - Wlth thc 

ia» 7 team threatening In every 
rnSv cut €acn other up with a 
asiv and tho lat ter kicking them- 
Inilf 8 and each oth «r around, thc 
no -2 Mr3, R *nJ a min was left by 
1i We ? "dories, 
same -*- ford Tr, °' w,th the,r novcl 



same of basketball played on blcy 
^s, opened the vaudeville show 
nL« U " u . al, y a 10-to-l bet that th 



w. 

e 



at^?' 1111 tho mustache will win by 
8 <*>r* of three to two Just bofore 



ground floor went before the show of ine ^™ ^^^^^ 

got underway and with " Too In d looks like a coming pro 

good attendance upstairs, bix acts | i"". . »"« — 



and-"The;^rr,er;- <«», were the I « ^^.tlr. Sid «S 



magnets at 50 cents. The show was 
a buy for the money, but could have | uums. 
stood more comedy, not particularly 
of the talking act quality, but pan 
tomimlc comedy. 

The Kikutos Japs, comprising six 
men and two women, opened with 



I bee. 



AMERICAN ROOF 

(Vaude- Picte) 

A better than usual eight-act hill 



S^S^ndTgVnir Vnat b cllrkelS C 5- Ion"thVRoof the first halt topped off 
b i iln Throne g » fast by the First National feature 
JEht ?u U rn Tat cT^hSld up ^ner Uikl." which failed to pull 1 capacity. 
?n vaudeville or picture houses, although business was healthy 
Francis H("s ami Du Ross, mixed The bill was blessed with three 
frlf fnllnuvd and pleased with comedy bull's eyes ln O'Neill and 
s^gin^rnVV -d Snstrumcnta- Plunkett. blackface comlcj third; 



iging, r, # 

tlon. The men held an essence of 
comedy ln their endeavors, espe- 
cially in the travesty acrobatic 
stuff and also demonstrated good 
hoofing ability. Tho girl looked neat 
and contributed a nifty jazz dnnce. 



Lou Brown and Muriel Rogers, sec 
ond after intermission, and Marian 
and Ann Clark, who did their old 
"audienc e" act on the Roof and their 
new turn. "The Immigrant," down- 
stairs. They dldnt care to show the 



LOEWS STATE 

(LOS ANGELE3) 
Los Angeles, April 21. 

This review was caught at the 
first show at Loew's State last Sun- 
day at noon. The concert orchestra 
gives a symphony recital at 12:30 
Sundays, with Reuben II. Wolf di- 
recting. The same conductor who 
is seen during the rest of the week 
as Rube Wolf. Since the latter Is 
about as undignified as a pair of 
bare elbows at a funeral and as 
clownish as a drunk surrounded by 
mirrors, his entire behavior and 
stage presence as a symphony di- 
rector was startlingly different 

Wolf had 40 pieces in the concert 
orchestra. About half of this num- 
ber were his own players, the oth- 
ers coming from the Philharmonic 
Symphony, and rated as first chair 
men. They opened with a delicate 
rendition of the "March of the 
Toys," from Victor Herbert's 
"Babes ln Toyland." 

Edith Knox, pianist, was second, 
with Grieg's "A Minor Concerto, 
First Movement." This girl, with 
her almost mannish technique and 
vigorous style, brought much ap- 
plause from a crowded house, en- 
coring with several little numbers, 
one expresslonlstic and ultra-new 
to the extreme. 

Another light number by tho or- 
chestra followed, some ballet music 
from "Faust," by Gounod. The sec- 
ond soloist, Alexander Klsselburgh, 
baritone, sang several English com 
positions to hearty appreciation. 

The third symphonic arrangement 
was the familiar "(How Worm," by 
Llncke, rendered without particular 
brilliance. For a closing number, 
th-> heavy piece of tho performance, 
"William Tell Overturn" was 
played. This Rossini compV>nition 
was conducted capably by Wolf 
Considering that only one rehearsal 
was given and that just before the 
performance, the selections were 
well plsy*»d and all solo work fin- 



ished. Wolf stuck close to his muste 
stand, following the score and In* 
terpretlng It Intelligently. 

The transformation came after a 
news reel and announcements were 
run off. The Fanchon and Marco 
presentation, with half of the sym- 
phony players In the Jazz band and 
Wolf In the same costume opened 
with a different atmosphere en- 
tirely. 

Eileen Tlckner came through the 
curtains, singing a special song, 
music by Howard Johnson and 
lyrics by Fanchon and Marco. Hhe 
was dressed "swell" In a black eve- 
ning gown with trailer. As the cur- 
tains parted, the chorus was se«»n, 
attired In one huge garment that 
covered the entire stage. This went 
up on wires to the files, revealing 
the 12 girls ln snappy trunks cov- 
ered with rhlnestones and the band 
ln their regular positions. Victoria 
Regal, In center stage, did a pea- 
cock strut, consisting of back bends 
and other acrobatic dancing. A 
drop came down on the pyramid 
back stage, where the chorus had 
been standing and Rube Wolf, billed 
"Csar of Ryhthm," came out to lead 
the band in a "Student Prince" or- 
chestration. He (jave a cornet solo 
of "Deep ln My Heart," which waa 
well received. Good brass effect* 
typified this number. 
Jerry Ryan, cornetlst and new 
the band, sang "Sweet Child" 
from the bandstand, with Myrtle 
Lyman, kid sister of Abe, taking 
the second chorus from the first row 
of the house. Both won their share 
of applause. 

A scrim curtain left the stage la 
"one," with Owen Evans singing 
another built-to-order song, "Little 
Red Riding Hood Stomp." and the 
girls In red hoods and skirts with 
white bodices and hose. Dorothy 
Gilbert, a good goofy dancer, hoofed 
a nice eccentric, followed by twe 
specialties by members of the 
chorus. Miss Evans served u neat 



to 



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VARIETY 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



tap dan co, to bo followed by the 
finale of the number, with Wolf 
clowning and- working In the line. 

Walter Worms, with hla Beat cane 
:\nd movie scenario, which he re- 
cited with the bund synchronizing 
the musle, gathered in plenty of 
laugh* and a nice handful of ap- 
plause. 

Arnold Grazer, in his military toe 
•lance, brought a gasp by appearing 
in military coat, trunks and tights. 
The patrons admitted that he had 
perfectly shuped limbs, but thought 
it out of place for a man. How- 
ever, this did not detract from the 
appreciation he heard. Miss Regal 
Joined him in this second toe num- 
ber, both doing some spectacular 
kick 8. 

The fans had grown to wait for 
Rose Callda, and she proved popu- 
lar enough to take a bow on her 
entrance. In addition to doing some 
fast and heavy clowning with Wolf, 
Miss Valida, with her two-gear 
voice, shifting from low bass to 
high soprano without using clutch, 
made them remember that it was 
her fourth and final week. They 
called her back and made her do It 
all over again. 

A Charleston finale had everyone 
doing the "Hey. hey," with the 
chorus revealed on the step -up 
pyramid, dancing in darkness with 
light blue lights like lightning from 
below their feet. 

The presentation opened with an 
operetta tempo, the first band selec 
tion keeping it slow, but warmed up 
to a nice fast finish. There was 
enough entertainment on the 40 
minute bill to satisfy anyone, and 
most of it was about as good as 
usually received around this district 
of the Ford sales territory. 



his numbers "Bits from 1924 Hits," 
and the audience joined in heartily 
on every one. "The Lucky Lady" 
the feature. 

The big question now is: Will 
McVickers keep its seats warm 
after Ash opens at the Oriental the- 
atre? His orchestra has done it 
for the past two weeks. Hal. 



McVICKERS 

(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, May 1. 

Balaban and Kats had a delicate 
task before them. They had to in- 
form the ardent Paul Ash fans that 
he no longer graces the theatre with 
his presence and at the same time 
prevent the Ash fans from inter- 
preting the announcement as a sig- 
nal to follow their beloved redhead 
en masse into the new Balaban and 
Katz Oriental theatre and leave 
McVickers flat. 

What a mess they made of it. 
Two weeks ago they announced 
that Paul Ash was to take a much- 
needed rest at Hot Springs; he 
would therefore be missing from 
the theatre for a while, with the 
Impression drifting Ash would be 
back for a last stand at his old 
stamping grounds. And now this 
week a trailer announces a "big 
surprise" for the week of May S. 
It bills such attractions aa George 
Givot and Henri Gendron's orches- 
tra, with no mention of the Paul 
Ash bunch. However, the trailer 
announcing Ash is still in Hot 
Springs was used despite a morn- 
ing paper carried a local interview 
with him. 

To say that the McVickers • cus- 
tomers were muddled is putting it 
in refined English. Constant In- 
quiries as to what it was all about 
were audible on all sides. 

A talk with McDermott, the 
production manager, straightened 
things out somewhat. It was dis- 
closed that Henri Uendron, late of 
the Montmartre cafe, will fill in the 
Htage orchestra vacancy left by Paul 
Ash and that practically the same 
policy as heretofore will be in ef- 
fect. It was also disclosed Ash 
hud made his last stand at the the- 
atre two weekB ago. 

Al Qvale took charge of the or- 
chestra while Ash was on vacation. 
Qvale is a young blond man who 
played the first chair saxophone 
previous to his directorship. His 
pantomime seemed to take very 
well with the ladies. His baton 
maneuvers tire graceful enough and 
he has some typical Paul Ash wig- 
gles, so he was okay for the two 
weeks remaining after Ash's de- 
parture. He dees no announcing, 
but affects the pantomime character 
of an unsophisticated youngster 
with an optimistic viewpoint on life 
in general between numbers. 

It fell to Melton Watson, local 
tenor, to do the talking formerly 
done by Ash, and he did it in nice 
Texas Gulnan-Paul Ash style. 

This week the production was 
billed at "Atta Boy! Paul Ash's Pet 
Expression." The orchestra mem- 
bers were attired in white clown 
suits and worked before a set of 
decorative but meaningless multi- 
colored drops. There were four spe- 
cialties besides the orchestra num- 
bers. 

The Anderson boys, two colored 
hoofers on a return engagement, 
took the house by storm. They pre- 
ceded their stepping with a song and 
mandolin number. Their popularity 
lies in their personalities rather 
than in their abilities. 

Johnny Special proved popular 
with some classy harmonica selec- 
tions. The kid has been on the 
stage only three weeks, but looks 
perfectly at home. 

Alfred Kuth, announced as an- 
other Paul Ash, kid discovery, was 
outfitted in a newsboy costume for 
his ballad number. A good clear 
voice and an appealing personality 
chalked him up for an encore. 

Milton Watson laid off the an- 
nouncing long enough to sing one 
song. Popular, as usual. 

Henri Keates, "the organist who 
makes them sing," put his com- 
munity stuff over again. He called 



METROPOLITAN 

(BOSTON) 

Boston, May 1. 

Bill at this house current week 
should be variegated enough to 
please all the patrons. Some of it 
is distinctly high brow and some 
distinctly something else again. At 
a 65c. top for adults for the night 
shows, the house is still doing a 
very nice business, although it is 
not going along at the pace it hit 
when the theatre was first opened, 
when it was a novelty. 

Last night, shortly after 8, about 
100 persons were waiting for seats. 
But in the balcony there was plenty 
of room, up stairs being about half 
full. When it Is figured that the 
seating capacity of "the big Met" is 
figured at 4,000, it can be seen this 
Isn't at all a bad break, even for 
a Friday night 

Adolphe Menjou In "A Social Ce- 
lebrity," picture. This F. P. Para- 
mount picture seemed to satisfy. 
Some may have found something 
wanting, but the others well pleased 
with It. 

The high brow stuff figures in 
the introduction -o the bill with 
the overture the "Hunting Scene" 
by Bucalossl by*the entire orches- 
tra. It is well done and in line 
with the ideas of Nathaniel Finston, 
general musical director, that Bos- 
ton people like the higher class 
things musically. Alter the news 
weekly comes "The Mitchell Band." 

The best thing these boys do is 
their rendition of an old time min- 
strel show to jazz tempo. It gives 
them a chance for individual effort 
with a trick violinist supplying no 
little of the value. 

Another high brow bit is the 
"Four Seasons," a nature scenic 
with the four seasons on the screen 
by different pictures of landscapes 
at the periods of the year. 

Arthur Martel, organist, slipped a 
bit of humor into his work with a 
burlesque on the "Tamiami Trail" 
number, accompanied by screen 
work, indicating that all is not sun- 
shine and roses, at least from a real 
estate point of view, down on the 
"Tamiami Trail." 

"A Bird Fantasy," which is 
credited to Frank Cambria, is fea- 
ture of presentation. It is high- 
class stuff, being rather familiar in 
form, but new in presentation. It 
gives a chance for some singing, 
but mostly depend t. on dancing. 

"From a Cabby's Seat," a two- 
reel comedy, finishes the Stow, be- 
ing slap stick comedy built on an 
Initiation in college, and rounds out 
the entertainment, which does not 
run much longe. than two hours. 

Libbey. 



the first number to be written and 
released by Berlin since his mar- 
riage to Ellen Mackay. 

Opening the show is a short 
musical preludo to the news reel, 
which was short and went right 
into the "Frolic"— decidedly inex- 
pensive this week. Opening was 
George Lyons, a harpist, on a small 
platform between two curtains, 
with a baby spot from the foots 
throwing a silhouette upon the 
back curtain. Lyons clicked, and 
for an encore did some pop stuff. 
Following, at a great disadvantage, 
was Kendall Capps, a clever dancer 
from "Greenwich Village Follies," 
who is apparently doubling for the 
picture house engagement. Capps' 
stuff is acrobatic. Working alone, 
he had to perspire like a bloodhound 
to get over. But he did, which is 
more to his credit, a headspin 
taking him off for heavy applause. 

Then the Berlin song, which 
Pauline Miller and John Quinlan 
handled before drapes In "two." A 
gajze curtain parted at the begin- 
ning of the chorus. Later the 
ballet, headed by Klemova and M. 
Daks, came into view on a platform 
erected behind the singers. With 
the lights up they danced to the 
music of the song, the whole effect 
being nice, as the terp exponents 
were framed by an oval cut-out, 
always effective at the Strand. 
Then back into the song again and 
finish. The song isn't strong by 
any means and failed to make much 
of an impression. 

Right into the feature, which 
went 106 minutes. 

Business Sunday afternoon was 
apparently off all along Broadway, 
as the Strand didn't fin up all after- 
noon. Flocks of vacant seats at 
4:30 p. m. That can be blamed on 
the coming of spring, however, and 
neither on the house nor the pic- 
ture. Bisk. 



STATE 

(8T. LOU 1 8) 

St. Louis, May 1. 

With a worthy representation of 
Washington U. studes Saturday 
night and a number of collegians 
from Mlzzou and Illinois known to 
have come down over the week- 
end to see this show, it appears 
that the State will fare well this 
week. 

The "College Life*" overture (un- 
der Presentations) sent the show 
off rightly with a heavy . register. 
Next is the news weekly and then 
demons and Marcy, who spend 11! 
minutes in a demonstration of 
"How to Charleston." Inasmuch as 
that dance never did click In this 
town and Is now practically never 
seen on the floors, the lesson wasn't 
very valuable. The team looks 
great, however, and works as well. 
Their fast exhibition number was 
good. 

Following a short Technicolor 
film, "The Love Nest," comes the 
Topics. For an accompaniment to 
the latter the orchestra plays a 
medley of Dave Stamper's "Ziegfeld 
Follies" hits. 

Edna Leedom and Dave Stamper 
occupy the next spot. Miss Leedom 
slings a red-hot monolog that has 
the house laughing right ofT the bat, 
and then follows through with a 
couple of songs of which one is her 
"Tondeleyo" number. Stamper Is 
her accompanist and doesn't have 
to work very hard. The 22-mlnute 
length of the act is correct, and it 
was wise not to concede an encore 
on applause great enough to war- 
rant one ordinarily. The act ought 
to be sure-fire In any picture house. 

"Brown of Harvard," the feature. 
Eureka! The best college film yet 
— In which Our Hero does not carry 
the ball for the winning touch- 
down! 

The heat In the State was oppres- 
sive and the cooling plant certainly 
should hnvo bee non. Yet, a great 
show withal. Rutbtl. 



METROPOLITAN, L. A. 

Los Angeles, May 1. 
"The Jazz Village" is the tiUe of 
the Metropolitan stage show this 
week. Because George Beban on 
stage and screen was the feature 
Jack Partington cut down on the 
Verne Buck presentation and it 
lasted less than 20 minutes. The 
chorus was out for the week, and 
only three acts in addition to the 
band. 

The band men were attired in 
tuxedos for the first time since 
Buck came to this house. An ef- 
fective silver and red back drop 
was used. The musical gang opened 
with a band selection, followed by 
Eva Gibson of the Gibson Sisters 
in a tap dance. She was dressed 
in a minstrel costume of orange 
and white and went over well. 

Ernst Morlson, singing "by popu- 
lar demand" "The Prisoners' Song," 
brought a mild patter of applause 
with a good tenor rendition. Al- 
though this is the first time the 
number was sung in a theatre here, 
the fans have heard it over the 
radio many times. A hot Jazz band 
number followed. 

Aubrey Gibson followed in some 
neat and well -liked kicks, her high 
kick over the opposite ' shoulder 
taking the fancy of the audience. 
The Foursome, male quartet, sang. 

The back drop came up to reveal 
the Jazz Village, which consisted 
of a town silhouette on wires, 
which jerked back and forth to the 
rhythm of the music. A military 
statue, cut out on pasteboard and 
fastened to a girl dancer*, did a few 
Charleston steps during this num- 
ber, the finale. 



PRESENTATIONS 

(Extra attraction* in picture theatre*, when not 
picture*, will be carried and de*cribed in this depart- 
ment for the general information of the trade.) 



STRAND 

New York, May 2. 
About 10 minutes of stage stuff 
here this week, and the first presen- 
tation of an Irving Berlin song. "At 
Peace with the World." features the 
"Mark Strand Frolic." The pub- 
licity on the song states that it is 



UPTOWN 

(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, May 1. 

Cookies and tea are out at the 
Uptown. They have decided free 
eats a poor investment as a matinee 
builder. No percentage feeding hun- 
gry North Siders to get them into 
the house. 

New racket is "radio matinees." 
Every afternoon the theatre be- 
comes a broadcasting station under 
the remote control from the Edge- 
water Beach Hotel with an an- 
nouncer, a "mike" and all sorts of 
studio atmosphere. The purpose is 
to magnetize 'fyp radio fans. It 
seems a little fa'r-fctched, but that 
sort of thing sometimes succeeds. 
Putting over a theatre is a "trial 
and error" procedure anyhow. 

The Uptown's alleged flop was 
hard to believe the night the Va- 
riety reviewer made an appearance 
at 7:03 p. m. Reports have been 
persistent that the house was not 
making the grade. With daylight 
saving in force, meaning that at 
7:03 it was still light out of doors 
the Variety reviewer figured on a 
nice seat down front. But the house 
was already jammed at that early 
hour. 

Installing Ben file Krueger and his 
band as a perrrurhent stage attrac- 
tion seems to have bewi a wise 
move for the Uptown. With Spl- 
talny in the escalating pit upholding 
the do luxe traditions with classical 
overtures tho jelly beans from the 
Wilson avenue district, who would 
not be apt to go for the heavy stuff 
are catered to and satisfied l.y the 
jazzy outpourings of Hcnnir's syn- 
co-serenaders. liennie, with good 
judgment, studiously steers clear of 
anything? that smacks a Paul Ash 
imitation. No 24-sheets for Hennie 
and no pretentions. lie Is there to 
provld* f>»s antithesis to the Spl- 



"COLLEGE LIFE" 
For "Brown of Harvard" 
Overture and Dance 
8 Minutes 
8tate, St. Louis 

Don Albert, the Stato's musical 
director, has put together a group 
of college songs, which form a 
pleasing overture and a good prolog 
to the feature, "Brown of Har- 
vard." The songs Albert has used 
are the "Alma Mater" of Missouri, 
"How Can I Leave Thee" of Wash- 
ington U., the "Boola March" of 
Yale, "Sans-Soucl" of Columbia, 
"Old Nassau" of Princeton, and 
"Fair Harvard." 

For a second part of the pre- 
sentatlon, a brightly- colored, pen- 
nant-bedecked full stage is em- 
ployed, with half a dozen girls and 
a boy going through a simple dance 
routine. 

The girls are nattily and uni- 
formly dressed in sports suits of 
red coats and white skirts, and 
carry tennis rackets, while the boy's 
collegian outfit is not exaggerated. 

The Idea can be well used as an 
accompaniment to any college film. 

Ruebel. 



Fanehon A Marco's "RUSSIAN 

rDEAS" 
Revue With Orchestra 
25 Min.; Full 8tage 
Warfield, San Francisco 

Actually a miniature "Chauve 
Sourls" Fanehon & Marco gave to 
patrons of the Warfield last week 
under the title of "Russian Ideas." 
As much Slav flavor to It as in n 
glass of vodka. 

Walt Roesner and his "Super- 
Soloists" set the atmosphere prop- 
erly with a well ren-lercd, although 
tenuous version* of "Marche Slav." 
It was as effective as could be ex- 
pected under the circumstances 
when one considers that this par- 
ticular composition requires a mu- 
sical ensemble of at least 60 nieces 
to do it full justice. Roesner was 
compelled to do the best he could 
with less than 30. The playing, 
notwithstanding, was intelligent and 
appreciative of the character of the 
music. Audience received it with 
ungrudging applause. A popular 
selection of the day and hour suc- 
ceeded. 

Next were Renoff and Renova In 
a highly colorful and amusing dance 
creation styled "The Halfwit." Re- 
nova (girl) emulated a mechanical 
doll performing her steps with the 
Jerky, uncertain movements of a 
mechanical toy. Renoff In the 
bright colored costume of a Russian 
peasant, played for a comic effect 
in his steps. They finished to a 
hearty applause that had In it every 
element of spontanlety. 

Alexander Akimoff, Russian bari- 
tone, made his presence known with 
his voice heard In the opening 
strains of "The Volga Boatman" off 
stage, gradually sounding nearer 
until the singer stepped before the 
footllght. Akimoff has a rich and 
appealing quality and a capable 
mastery. In answer to the plaudits 
he rendered a folk song, light In 
character and distinctly catchy in 
melcdy. 

The Russian material now being 
well set a bit of divorslon, that 
might be called incongruous withal 
pleasing, was interpolated with the 
appearance of Frank Stlrclnger, 
playing a ukulele and singing "Show 
Me the Way Home." Ho demon- 
strated his ability to play a har- 
monica and a ukulele at the same 
time, taking a few of the classics 



and jazzing them in the bluest of 
blue style. 

The climax came with the ap- 
pearance of Nell Kelly clowning a 
Spanish dance with the assistance 
of Roesner. These two make aa 
amusing pair of comedy artists. 
Miss Kelly has all the character- 
istics of the true comedienne and 
while her singing would never win 
her any medals it will win plenty 
of laughs. 

For a finish Renoff and Renova 
returned for a dramatic dance num- 
ber that called for many difficult 
terpsichorean feats and built up 
to a climax genuinely thrilling. They 
were assisted in this number by 
the "Sunklst Beauties" appropri- 
ately costumed. 

"Russian Ideas" is the biggest and 
most worth while act of Its kind 
any picture house, has offered here 
in months. It was not so much 
its bigness or spectacular features 
that stamped It as above the ordi- 
nary as it was the general excel- 
lence of the material and principals, 

Rivt>r§, 



"DIXIE MEMORIES" 
8 Mine.; One 

Eastman, Rochester, N. Y. 

First presentation of the Roches- 
ter American Opera Company and 
Eastman School of Music for out- 
side booking. A high-class singing 
act, designed for de luxe picture 
house presentation, but could make 
the grade in vaudeville, with addi- 
tion of variety. Produced by Archie 
Ruggles with a quartet (one female; 
three male) from the Rochester 
American Opera Company on the 
regular bill at the Eastman theatre. 

The opening reveals a colorful 
southern Interior with a cloud and 
water effect through a tall French 
window. The male trio starts off 
stage with Frances Babcock, so- 
prano, entering as the trio stops 
outside the window for the first 
number. The trio enters and Miss 
Babcock is given an opportunity for 
vocal display to her own accompa- 
niment on the piano. Archie Rug- 
gles, tenor, and Neel Enslen, basso, 
step out for solos, and with Phillip 
Reep, tenor, the quartet? off or several 
old southern melodies. 

The act registered well with a 
Thursday matinee crowd. It will 
make good in better picture houses. 
The addition of a little novelty of 
some sort might make it a good 
vaudeville bet. 8and«r$on, 



"LULLABIES" 
Prolog to "8tella Dallas" 
14 Mins.; Full 8tage 
State, St. Louis 

Well conceived and executed pre- 
sentation, having the same spirit 
and motif of "Dallas," and blend- 
ing finely Into the film. A tall 
staircase set Is used, a man, book 
In hand, seated beside a lamp at 
one bide. He is softly singing 
"Songs My Mother Taught Me." A 
tapestry scrim on the left side of 
the stair lights, disclosing a woman 
rocking her child as she hums 
"Rock-a-bye, Baby." 

Then in turn follow three more 
lullaby pictures, behind the other 
tapestry and two portraits hang- 
ing above. F1rst A a Chinese, sing- 
ing "A Chinese Lullaby"; second, 
a Jew, singing, "Ell, Eli," and third, 
a Negress crooning "Mighty Lak a 
Rose" to her pickaninny. 

The man picks up the opening 
number, and a concluding picture 
of a young woman pushing her car- 
riage along Is disclosed, all the 
portraitures become slowly visible 
for the finale. Ruebel 



talny orchestra, the "other kind" of 
music. He sticks to that assign- 
ment. 

The Fay Lanphler presence, too, 
probably helped the gate this week. 
The dames, not to mention the guys, 
displayed curiosity to get a peep at 
"Miss America." As for the pres- 
entation, it's as good as any of the 
John Murray Anderson efforts to 
date; not, however, a compliment. 
Its box office value is Miss Lan- 
phier. Its entertainment value cen- 
ters in Olenn Ellyn and Bessie Cal- 
vin, two young women of remark- 
able proficiency at acrobatic and 
other sensational types of terpsl- 
chore. Miss Lanphler performs 
gracefully and with dignity what 
little she is called upon to do. Rob- 
ert Alton, in a salmon-colored tux- 
edo, is her dancing partner. The 
support looks like part of the en- 
semble from a horsey New York 
revue. 

The International Newsreel con- 



tained a shot that caused laughter. 
In showing a Norwegian blimp the 
sub-title read: "The Crown Prince 
is Shown in Derby Hat," and then 
a long-shot was flashed of the Zep- 
pelin with hundreds of men clinging 
to the hangar ropes and not a 
chance in the world of anyone pick- 
ing the next King of Norway out oi 
that bunch of moving specks. 

Jesse Crawford at the orpan sub- 
mitted a group of compositions a* 
once classical and sweet to the ear. 
Crawford has a knack of makinf 
selections which appeal to the hoi 
polloi, yet taken from the orthodox 
library of standard concert ana 
symphony music. 

Other features of the entertain- 
ment included a Post 'VhiMren oi 
Other Lands" series, a FHiv ihe Cat 
comic and a mMly from M:<ssen 
rendered by the regular hmi^ or * 
chestra. j 

"Just Suppose" with Km tisr 

Barthelmess closed. l u ° 9 ' 



^Wednesday, M«ty 5, 1926 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



IS 



;-A'S OWN RADIO EXPLOITATION 
FOR ITS BIG KEITH'S, BOSTON 



Breaking Own Kigid Kule Against Use of Ka< 
t Using Air to Tell of Cut Scale to 50c and $1— 
First Contest at House Held This Week 



Boston. May 4. 
••he Kelth-Albee Circuit has 
justly turned to radio in an ef- 
Ipfl to bolster business inroads 
f by other houses on the 
rht vaudeville bills at Keith's, 





addition to playing 12 acts in- 
of the usual eight and re- 
prices to 60c. top matinees 
fl at night, the house is on the 
through Station WEEI twice 
at 12 noon and 6 p. m., tai- 
ling Bostonians about the new 
at the former big time stand. 
Metropolitan and Keith- 
j, the former with pictures and 
itatlons, and the latter pic- 
and vaudeville at pop prices 
fe«f times daily, is said to have 
cot into the business at Keith's so 
aiaea it is doubtful if the house 
wul aver return to its former big 
tUM policy at big time prices. 

Tb# turnabout of the K-A Circuit 
hi regard to radio comes as a sur- 
prise. The circuit has taken a de- 
etM stand against tleups, has for- 
bidden its artists to broadcast when 
ptaqring K-A houses, and on one 
otoavion refused outright to tie up 
vflfc radio in a "National Quartet 
Qsmtest," which terminated at the 
Bapodrome, New York. 

The controversy between Vincent 
Lepes and the K-A Circuit when 
Lepes was alleged to have broadcast 
while playing the Albee. Brooklyn, 
was taken as final proof the circuit 
weuld never countenance a radio 
aDJance. 

!£he Interpretation placed on the 
broadcasting at Keith's, by local 
•bqwmen, is that the straight 
vaudeville houses are In such des 
pjpate straits they are willing to 
try anything that shows any pos- 
sibility of attracting new business 
or holding the fast dwindling regu 
lar patrons. 

For the first time the local big 
time Keith's is holding a contest 
thU week. It is a Charleston contest, 
directed by Danny Duggan. 
' Last week Duggan held a sim- 
ilar contest at Keith's Bushwick, 
Brooklyn, N. T. 



Political Progression 



Tonight (Wednesday) at the 
meeting of the Republican Club 
of the 9th Assembly District, 
New York, Sam McKee, at 
present an alderman, will be 
elected Republican leader of 
the district, it is reported. Mr. 
McKee was with "The Morn- 
ing Telegraph" for several t 
years, when that daily held* 
some claims to being a news- 
paper. Latterly he has been 
associated with an advertising 
agepcy. 

While New York is Demo- 
cratic (Tammany) at present, 
the city and state hold much 
federal patronage. 

A municipal appointment by 
Mayor Jimmy Walker, rumored 
which may be announced at 
any time, is that of Harry 
Cooper as supervisor of taxi- 
cabs (including drivers) in 
Greater New York. There are 
over 40,000 taxis. It will be a 
newly established bureau. 

Mr. Cooper is in the insur- 
ance business. For years he 
was in vaudeville with the 
Empire City Quartet, and aft- 
erward as a single act. Cooper 
is prominent In the member- 
ship of the Grand Street Boys, 
one of New York's strongest 
organizations. 




GUS SUN KIDDED 
INTO HIGH COST HOST 



Fiwb Gray, After Divorce, 
Doubling" in K.-A. House 



Baltimore, May 4. 
Fawn Grey, dancer, on the Cen- 
tury Roof here during the season, 
broke into print again when she 
arrived to testify in her suit for 
marriage annulment. Miss Grey 
(Mm. Theodore MacFarland) wants 
to regain legally her early status as 
Just plain Gladys Marie Brown, 
claiming her marriage to MacFar- 
land, Philadelphia newspaper man, 
was performed while she was un- 
der the influence of something 
•tronger than one-half of one per- 
cent 

The same Miss Grey will double 
tali week, performing in both the 
Circuit Court and the Maryland 
theatre. She has been booked as an 
Mded attraction at the Keith-Albeo 
house. 



Hot Springs Strong for Show- 
man — Newspapers "Too 
Good" to Him 



MR. JEAN BARRIOS 

WELL-KNOWN FEMALE 
IMPERSONATOR 

Will sail May 6 on the S. S. 
"Manchuria" for his home in San 
Francisco, whore he will spend a 
four months' vacation. En route 
Mr. Barrios will visit Havana and 
Central America. 

Mr. P.arriqa believes the secret of 
success is steady work and has Just 
finished two seasons of Loew Circuit 
and picture theatres. 



Soph-Tex Turn 



A suggestion that Sophie 
Tucker and Texas Guinan bo 
teamed as a picture house act 
over the summer, following the 
close of their respective night 
clubs, may result in both of i lie 
"personalities" becoming pic- 
ture house single drawing 
cards. 

Cach is said to have been of- 
fered a larger salary for the 
il!m theatres than they could 
expect Jointly as a two-act. 



"PEACHES" $1,500 
ACT-NO CUSTOMERS 



Has Piano Turn and Ward- 
robe — No Notice of Agent's 
Offer 



What's This, Mr. Casey? 
It's Your Decision! 



Jack Rose in Apt 

Jack Hose was discharged from 
the Roosevelt hospital Monday after 
*■ consultation with Dr. John Erd- 
nian W ho o|>orated on him. 

Sophie Tucker arranged for 
Rose's removal to the Landscer 
apartments, 245 West 61st street. 
Though in care of a nurse, Hose 
"lay receive visitors and he is 
anxious for friends to call upon 
him. 

Rose's home is in England. His 
mother will arrive here on the "Her- 
eofaria" Saturday. 



Chicago, May 4. 

Qua Sun, independent vaudeville 
king-pin, went to Hot Springs, Ark., 
with his wife recently and in short 
order promptly became as famous 
there as he is in Springfield, O 
Sun looked up everybody connected 
with theatricals In or near the 
famous resort and the eats were on 
Que. His hospitable spirit soon 
warmed the hearts of the natives, 
who hailed him as brother and the 
original Hot Springs booster. 

The newspapers took up Gus, 
running a big half-page story about 
him and gave him all sorts of pub- 
licity. They were for Ous. He 
was a great guy. They liked the 
way he spent money and okayed 
dinner checks. 

So when a bunch of show folks 
blew into Hot Springs to take it 
easy for a while the newspapers 
came out and said the whole bunch 
were guests of Gus. The show folks 
were agreeable, so much so that 
when they left they charged every- 
thing to Gus, pointing to the news- 
paper article to prove he was foot- 
ing the bills. 

Now Gus threatens to sue the 
newspapers. 

SANTRY FOR AUSTRALIA 



Anns and Harry Seymour, Also 
Band Sailing in August 



Chicago, May 4. 

Pat Casey has voiced a decision 
as general manager, in good stand, 
ing. of the V. M. P. A. 

The decision applied to Harry 
Stoddard and Band. It seems that 
Stoddard was so inconsiderate as 
to play a picture house in Omaha 
and thus got himself on the black- 
list of the W. V. M. A. and Or- 
pheum Junior circuits. That was 
several weeks ago. Later he was 
informed by his Orpheum and W*. 
V. M. A. agent that if he would ac- 
cept a cut salary of $1,300 there 
was a possibility of "squaring" 
him and getting him off that sin- 
ister dark list. 

Sammy Tishman offered Stod- 
dard Peoria and Elgin at this sal- 
ary- Stoddard accepted and received 
the contracts. The Orpheum and 
W. V. M. A. suddenly decided that 
they didn't need Mr. Stoddard and 
his musicians, and when he re- 
ported, heard about it. 

Stoddard had his play or pay 
contracts, and the Orpheum and 
W. V. M. A. were ignoring them 
while Stoddard and his boys were 
out of work In Chicago. 

This was a matter for Pat Casey, 
Casey of the V. M. P. A. 

Mr. Casey reviewed the case and 
ordered that Stoddard be played or 
paid. Stoddard is neither work- 
ing nor being paid. 



Frances (Peaches) Browning, 
wife of the millionaire realty op- 
erator, is asking $1,500 weekly for 
vaudeville. "Peaches" is all set 
with a piano act and wardrobe, but 
no place to show it at that price. 

Arthur J. Ilorwltz is handling 
"Peaches." He has not been stam- 
peded with offers. The girl made a 
tour of the music publishing offices 
Saturday, accompanied by her 
mother and manager. She failed 
to create a stir, since the party got 
in and out without notice. The 
object of the trip was to secure 
some late songs which Mrs. Brown- 
ing has since been rehearsing at her 
home in Cold Spring. N. Y. 

Horwitz's staff has been trying 
to sell her tothe Independent vaude- 
ville managers as a "buy" at the 
above-mentioned figure, but finding 
none interested In "Peaches" at any 
price. 

It is understood that Browning 
has consented to the vaudeville 
dates, saying he did not wish to 
interfere if his young wife wanted 
to take a stage flier. This Is said 
to have been verified by Horwitz 
before he agreed to handle the act. 
Publicity Limit. 

Browning, the elderly husband, 
is said to have a yen for publicity 
that cannot be stilled. Even the 
deluge of it upon and following his 
marriage to the little girl did not 
appease his gluttony for "notice." 
The other evening as Browning and 
his wife were leaving a theatre, 
with his notorious colored auto 
waiting for him, the police cleared 
a pathway for the couple. After 
entering the car. Browning turned 
on (he electric light in order_jyjl 
to disappoint any curious* by- 
stander. 



BAND'S SCALE 
OF PRICES FOR 
1-NIGHTERS 



Coon-Sanders' Flat $1,000 
Salary or Percentages 
on Guarantees 



Chicago, May 4. 

A traveling band unit, Coon- 
Sanders' Original Nighthawks, a 
Music Corp. of America attraction 
under Jules Stein's direction. Is one 
of the few if not the only organi- 
zation to maintain a scale of prices 
for single engagements. A flat price 
of $1,000 per night is asked, with a 
preference for as low as $376 guar- 
antee against an 80 per cent, take 
on the gate. 

Carlton A. Coon and Joe L. Sand- 
ers have worked a schedule of per- 
centages ranging down from $700 
to $375, with the percentage accord- 
ingly increasing. Where $1,000 as 
a flat priori is rot acceoted, the 
band will take 65 per cent of the 
gross with a $700 guarantee; 60 per 
cent, against a $600 guarantee, or* 
65 per cent, with $600 guaranteed 
etc. 

The C-S tend has tie-ups with 
Victor records. Society Brand 
Clothes and Kingly shirt dealer*, 
as exploitation media in most cities 
p'aved 



ROSENBLATT AT BOSTON; 
JULIET AT PHILADELPHIA 



'NAMES' FOR 'SCANDALS' 



BANCEE IN "G. V. F." 

Leonard Slliman. 17-year-old 
nanrmg -find," who roplarod Kred 

^strure in "I-ndy Be Good" on the 
°ad, has been placed with Jones & 
reon <, n a five-year contract grad- 
w\i fr " m * 200 to $650 r week. He 
w ' open in the new "Oreenwieh 
*"L'i«ce F„iii,. 8 " in tne fftll> 



San Francisco, May 4. 

Henry Santry, his band and Anna 
and Harry Seymour have boon 
signed by J. C. Williamson. Ltd., for 
an Australian tour. They are to 
sail from here in August to make 
a complete tour of Williamon's Ti- 
voll circuit. 

There will be 17 peoplo in the 
party. The act was booked through 
IT. C Muller of Williamson's S.m 
Francisco olllce. 



A list of vaudeville personalities 
which include Willie and Eugene 
Howard, Tom Patricola, Wells, Vir- 
ginia and West, Fairbanks Twins, 
McCarthy Sisters and Harry Rich- 
man, has been signed for George 
White's forthcoming production of 
"Scandals." 

Lew Brown has written the lyrics 
and several of the comedy scenes. 

Rehearsals begin today (Wednes- 
day), which necessitated the calling 
off of summer vaudeville bookings 
for the Howards, who were playing 
the eastern K-A houses. 



Weekly 
for 



Band 



A default judgment has been 
chalked up against Irving Yates by 
Irving Masloff and Al Herman, who 
were to receive $100 weekly book- 
ing fee for their services securing 
the Commodore Orchestra for Grant 
and Wing's act. Originally, Mas- 
loff and Herman received $600 a 
week from Yates for the band, but 
later Yates agreed to pay off the 
musician* and remit $100 weekly to 
Masloff and Herman. 

The latter are suing for $1,057.14 
due for 10 4-7 weeks, through 
Goldsmith, Ooldblatt ft Hanower. 
Herman P. Spellman, Yates' coun- 
sel, failed to defend, according to 
court records. 



Stage Children's Benefit 

The annual benefit of the Stage 
Children's Fund will be held Sun- 
day evening, May 9, at the Casino, 
New York. 



Rich Hayes' Special Trip 

Rich Hayes, comedy juggler, will 
return to London to appear at a 
royal command performance. May 
24, followed by several weeks In the 
Knglish music halls. 



Sid Mercer's Close-Up 



Sid Mercer, the Evening 
Journal s sports expert, slight- 
ly Jealous of Bugs Hoar's stage 
plunge, made his debut In 
vaudeville quite suddenly last 
Monday at the Hippodrome. Ho 
never opened his trap, being 
rurhered Into refereeing the- 
' bout'' between Jack Ixl.tney 
aiul Kid Palmer during the 
former's act. 

Afli-r the applauso died 
down, Sid snld he most enjoyed 
a close up of the diving girls 
— 10 of 'em. 



Held for Forgery 

San Francisco, May 4. 

Harry Katz, 23, actor, was ar 
rested here last wet-k for the Los 
Angeles authorities on a charge of 
forgery. He la accused of passing 
several hundred dollars' worth of 
spurious paper. 

Katz Is alleged to have visited an 
uncle In Santa Maria, Cal., on his 
way here, and while there to have 
stolen his unHe's checkbook and to 
have imitated his relative's signa- 
ture on numerous checks. 



Two more vaudeville headliners 
will play picture houses in the near 
future. The Alf Wilton office has 
booked Juliet at Fox's, Philadelphia, 
and Cantor Josef Rosenblatt at the 
Metropolitan, Boston, with more 
picture-house time to follow. 

The Juliet booking will mark the 
first time in years the mimic has 
played for any circuit other than 
the Kelth-Albee. Cantor Rosenblatt 
was tentatively booked at the East- 
man, Rochester, some weeks ago 
while on the Kelth-Albee Circuit. 
He did not play it. 

Juliet opens at Fox's, Philadel- 
phia, next week, her picture house 
debut. Cantor Rosenblatt opens at 
the Metropolitan, Boston, the week 
of May 24. with eight weeks of 
picture house bookings to follow. 



GIRL TROUBLE 



Plaster and Kappo Questioned by 
Waterbury Polios 



TWO-ACT-TWO SINGLES 

Following the appearance of 
j Sh.olow inn] Mi: Neil at the Winter 
J f,:irden. Now York, Kmiday ninht, 
it was said that the tean? will dis- 
solve Into two Hingle turns fur com- 
mei ( i;il benefit only. 



Waterbury, Conn., May 4. 

Plaster and Kappo, playing Poll'* 
Palace (vaudeville) last week, wen 
suspected and questioned by police 
following the disappearance of two 
young girls, one 16 and the other 16, 
from Hartford. 

According to Hartford police, the 
girls were brought by or came in 
the company of Plaster and Kappo 
to this city). Under question 1t>y 
local police, notified of the girls' 
disappearance, the vaudevllliam 
said that they had been introduced 
to the girls in Hartford by "Buddy' 
Walker, another vaudeville per- 
former. 

The girls left Hartford of the! 
own accord, Plaster and Kappo said, 
and followed them to this city. Th< 
girls spent an afternoon here, th< 
men said, and went on to Nev 
York. 

The two girls, named Mary Tula 
and Anna Crash, could not be lo- 
cated In this city. It Is thought 
that the girls knew they were belm 
sought, end because of that left 
Waterbury. 

Haying that they are booked In 
New York for the nott few w»:ek* 
Planter and Kappo ct ef ked out ot 
their hotel In thin elty Sunday nl;jht. 

No charge was lodged. 



Al Werner- Mary Ann's 2- Act 

The Werner Trio has dissolved 
with Al Werner, forming a two-act 

with Mary Ann. 



Alexander Gray 



44 



rialMhed with 

Naughty Riquette 

lUkhMu-ftlng with 

Hello, London" 



it 



Exclusive MaridRoment 

Ed Davidow & Rufns LeMairc 

1846 Broadway. Ni-vr York 



26 



VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, May 5, 1928 



VAUDEVILLE COMIC IS FRAMING 
ACT FOR PICTURE HOUSES ONLY 



Harry Fox's New Turn Designed for Film Theatres 
and Will "Break in" in Them — Adapting Turn 
for "Sight" Fun with Songs, Dances and Talk 



A direct attempt to frame an act 
that has only the picture theatres 
In view is being: made by Harry Fox, 
the vaudeville and production 
comedian. To make it more em- 
phatic Mr. Fox intends to "break 
in" the new act in picture theatres 
around New York. 

Mr. Fox appears to be proceeding 
along a line of reasoning that the 
picture field next season will afford 
him plenty of time for continuous 
engagements if Le can provide a 
suitable turn. 

Fox has been a head liner In 
straight vaudeville for many years. 
He but lately turned to the picture 
division as another market. 

In the new Fox act will be the 
"scrubwomen" Fox has been Iden- 
tified with for comedy, also songs, 
dances and talk, giving the turn a 
"sight" value for fun besides 
comedy to be gained In other ways. 



HISS BERNARD'S HUBBY 
DISLIKED HER MUSIC 



DELL CHAIN'S WIFE'S 
ALIENATION ACTION 



$100,000 Asked From Mrs. 
Lola Smith — Former Vaude- 
villian Started Divorce Suit 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

On a quest for $100,000 for the 
lost affections of hjer husband, John 
Chain, Mrs. Chain has had paper* 
served upon Mrs. Ldla Smith, alleg- 
ing the latter copped her hubby. 

Chain recently instituted a divorce 
action against his wife, charging 
cruelty. Mrs. Chain in a counter- 
action asserts that Mrs. Smith has 
been financing her husband's legal 
expedition for freedom; also that 
he gambled away his Income. 

Mrs. Chain Is professionally Oleta 
Otis on the screen. John Chain la 
at present the assistant manager of 
a brokerage office in Hollywood. In 
vaudeville before retiring he was 
known as Dell Chain of Chain and 
Archer. 



Spent Most of the First Year 
Married in Bed, Charged 
Wife — Nice Judge 

Cleveland, May 4. 
**When you've got a husband who 
won't work and who won't let his 
wife work, what are you going to 
do?" 

Twenty-three-year-old Lillian A. 
Bernard, violinist, who with her 
sister, has an aot In vaudeville, put 
this question to Common Pleas 
Judge Samuel Silbert and got a de- 
cree of divorce for the answer. 

The variety performer was mar- 
ried to Lew I. Bernard, of Detroit, 
in Williampsort, Pa., March 11, 1925. 

Lew quit work at orice, the com- 
plaining wife told Judge Silbert. 
adding, "this wasn't the half of 
It" 

"Whenever my sister and myself 
tried to practice on our violins, he 
would protest," she said. "He would 
threaten to kick me out jf we didn't 
quit. All the time, he would be in 
bed. I think w e spent half of his 
married life In bed." she testified. 

Feb. 26, last, the wife got out. 
She came to Cleveland, established 
a residence at 1122 Superior ave- 
nue and subsequently filed her suit. 

Lew didn't contest the action and 
everyone seems satisfied. 



GUS McCUNE HELD UP 
IN HIS HOTEL ROOM 



3 Bandits in Ansonia Brutally 
Beat and Rob Theatrical 
Manager 



One of the most brazen robberies 
that has been committed in a long 
time occurred In the Hotel Ansonia* 
73d street and Broadway, when 
three men forced their way into 
the room of Ous McCune, theatrical 
manager, and after beating him on 
the head with blackjacks robbed 
him of Jewelry valued at $3,000. 

McCune said he was lying In bed 
when tho phone operator called his 
room at 8:15 a. m. and announced 
that "Mr. Stewart" was on his way 
up to the room. The theatrical 
men protested he did not know any 
"Mr. Stewart." 

A few minutes later someone 
knocked on the door. Getting out 
of bed, attired only In pajamas, 
McCune opened the door slightly 
when one of the men began to force 
his way inside, followed by two 
others. 

"You've mado a mistake," Mc- 
Cune said. 

No attention was paid to his re- 
mark, which he repeated several 
times, and when the rpbbers pushed 
Inside one of them struck the show- 
man a blow on the head with a 

(Continued on page SO) 



ML PAULINE IS ILL; 
IN PRISON HOSPITAL 



MAE WEST, 3-STAR 
SPECIAL IN "SEX" PLAY 



"The Babe Ruth of the Stage 
'Prosties' " — New Show 
Realistic 



"Doc" Pauline, vaudeville actor, 
recently convicted of felonious as- 
sault and sentenced to the Work- 
louae for an Indeterminate period 
which calls for almost three years 
la connection with the alleged 
throwing of a waiter from a hotel 
window, Is said to be In a serious 
condition on Welfare Island. Pau- 
line Is said to be in the Island Hos- 
pital. 

When the "hypnotist" was sen- 
tenced his health was poor. Friends 
predicted than that his conviction 
would aggravate the condition. 
Pauline before his conviction had 
spent much time in West Side Jail 
and the Tombs Prison. 

From unconfirmed reports In the 
theatrical district it is said that 
friends of Pauline are seeking to 
have his "time" commuted so that 
he may be sent to Saranac. 

"Doc" Pauline was arrested with 
two others in connection with the 
alleged "tossing" of a waiter from 
the apartment where "Doc" was 
stopping. Pauline was defended by 
Leonard A- Snitkin. His defense 
was that the waiter Jumped from 
the window, which was on the 14th 
floor of a hotel. The other two de- 
fendants have not been tried thus 
far. 



SUMMER SUBSCRIPTION 

to "VARIETY" 
$1—3 Months 

Send remittance with name 
and sddreae 



M. T. Wyatt Broke Parole; 
Back in Sing Sing Prison 

Ossining, N. Y.. May 4. 
Merrltt Trimble Wyatt. theatrical 
director of Slr.g Sing prison, has re- 
turned to the scene of his theatrical 
efforts. Wyatt, who, while serving 
his sentence at Sing Sing, staged 
musical comedies given annually by 
the prisoners to the public, was 
brought back to prison af*.cr a lapse 
of 13 months for violation of his 
parole. 

Wyatt wan released on parole 
March 5, 1925, after serving three 
years and throe months of a flve- 
year sentence for grand larcen* Ln 
New York City. 



By JACK CONWAY 

New Yortc, May 1. 

Dear Chick: 

My three-star special Is Mae 
West in "Sex." at Daly's 63d Street. 
Get a load of it. If you don't agree 
with me that Mae would heat up 
Dawson City and Is the Babe Ruth 
of the stage "prosties" I'll turn 
square. 

As an ex-gob, you'll love It, for 
the play opens ln Montreal, where 
Mae and her magimp are running a 
Joint. Mae is getting tired of the 
town. She is about ready to slip 
the mac plenty of air when he 
brings a society moll into the dump, 
gets her stiff and rolls her for her 
rocks. 

Mae has been out stepping with a 
lime Juice Louie from the English 
navy and the pair of them return to 
find the broad out. They bring her 
to Just aj a flattie enters. He figures 
they did the roMlng and the dame, 
to save herself, says yes. The cop- 
per is about to make a oinch when 
the society Jane talks turkey. 

The lime Juicer has previously 
propositioned Mae to follow the 
fleet. He offers to shlll for her. 
When the copper tips the town is 
on fire, she decides to blow. 

Follows the Fleet 

She follows the fleet to Trinidad, 
meanwhile putting it on with the 
Louie every time he gets shore 
leave. At Trinidad she meets a 
young son of an American million- 
aire. He falls heavy, not knowing 
her racket. She Is traveling first 
cabin and tells him she's a tourist. 
He begs her to marry him. After 
giving it some heavy thought, she 
decides to take a chance, for the 
kid has aroused her spiritual nature. 

The talis him to America and 
turns up at his slab ln Westches- 
ter to meet the dad and mamma. 
Mamma la the dame who was rolled 
ln Montreal. 8he near passes out 
when she sees who her prospectlvo 
daughter-in-law is. She threatens 
to expose Mae, but she tops that by 
offering to ditto. She also slips 
the old girl a big league panning 
about "giving it away" and "I would 
make a better wife for your son 
than you've made a mother." 

Deciding to find out if the kid was 
only interested In her Fleetwood, 
she vamps him and he sneaks into 
her room the first night she etays 
at his home. 

In the morning she's still hitting 
a million with him. Complications 
are fast and furious when the Louie 
turns up. He's a friend of her mil- 
lionaire kid. He almost gums up 
the works when recognizing ma as 
the cheating baby from Montreal, 
but Mae saves the day by giving 
him a timely hit and run sign. 

The mac finally wanders ln to 
put the shake on the old lady and 
near drops dead when confronted 
by Mae. She pulls a rod on him 
when he turns nasty and calls up 
police headquarters. He's wanted 
for murder, arson and a few other 
things and he looks set, for about a 
double grand when Mae relents and 
lets him laram. 

Girl Can't Marry 

For the blow-off she realizes she 
can't marry the kid with her past 
and gives him back to hla mother, 
at the same timo accepting the 
Louie's offer of a ring and home in 
Australia. 

Chick, Mae is hot In the second 
act, a cabaret scene ln Trinidad, 
she turns in "Sweet Man," very 
Harlem, and with a Jazz da^nce right 
out of the eff-sharp department. 
Some of her lines knock the peas- 
ants Into the aisles. 

£U»e sure saxes sex and how that 
bltAide baby knows her stuff. The 
production is Just «o so, but no- 
body pays any attention to it. A 
corking cast In support, led by 
Barry O'Neill bum up the stage 
all the time. O'Neill is real heavy 
as a lover. It was eight to five and 
even with your own money back 
that he'd cop her in tho long run. 

"Sex" is not what the story hooka 
say about the ladies of the key ring; 
it's realistic and realism all the way. 
Mae's conception of Margie La 
Mont will sentenoe her to tho scar- 
let sisterhood artistically for life. 
She's the type from n./*v on arvi 
good enough to fool a traveling 
salesman's convention. What a 
break if the fleet were only in. 

(Jrab a look, *ce and don't forget 
to bring alon*. your sweat shirt. 
You'll need U. Con. 



Hand Leaves Earle, Wash. 

Washington. May 4. 

Fred E. Hand has terminated his 
connection as house manager of the 
local Earle (Stanley Company). 

Julian Brylawskl Is managing, 
with Chester Blackwell remaining 
assistant manager. 




N. V. A RESERVE FUND 
FOLLOWING BENEFITS— DRIVE' 



$60,000 from Receipts in Five Houses Sunday Night 
— $100,000 from N. V. A. Program Advertise- 
ments and Sales — Only Capacity at Hip 



Pictures Increase Field 
for Vaudeville Acts 



The picture house situation 
next year Is looked forward to 
as creating "a new show busi- 
ness." It has discovered more 
towns for acts than even the 
smallest vaudeville ever could. 
It has Increased the field for 
professional endeavor, many a 
town playing picture house at- 
tractions with no vaudeville 
opposition. 

There are any number of 
lesser cities that book $800 and 
$1,000 shows of two or three 
acts weekly. It has accord- 
ingly "put on the map" these 
towns for the performer. 



R. SMOOT'S INDIAN WIFE 
TIRES OF GIVING UP 



Nola, Osage Indian from Okla., 
Has Wealth, but No Husband, 
in Fact, She Says 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Nola C. Smoot, wealthy Osage 
Indian and wife of Roy Smoot. 
vaudeville singer and former college 
athlete, filed suit for annulment of 
her marriage, charging that the 
actor only married her for her in- 
come from Oklahoma oil lands. She 
stated that he never consummated 
the marriage and looked upon the 
affair as a business proposition 
whereby he was getting a lot of 
money without much trouble. 

Smoot took two diamonds worth 
$3,000 from her and never returned 
them, she said. Also, he tried to in- 
duce her to throw $35,000. received 
from the sale of Tulsa property into 
a Joint account with him — he had 
$100 ln the bank— thereby making 
It an even split between them, she 
alleged. 

Mrs. Smoot complained that her 
husband persuaded her to have his 
name put on the deed of a Los 
Angeles house she paid for, saying 
it was required by law, thereby 
letting him become a co-owner. 
Airs. Smoot declares she gave Smoot 
about $10,000 for his personal ex- 
penses and for the upkeep of his 
Hollywood house and that he makes 
$125 a week but does not contribute 
anything to her support. 

The Indian bride wants s divorce 
and all of her property back again. 

The Indian Commissioner made a 
ruling recently that no Indian girls 
were to be allowed to marry white 
mon who would spend all of their 
oil royalties, after a number of 
flagrant cases. 



NAN HALPERIN GRANTED 
DIVORCE IN CHICAGO 



Chicago, May 4. 

Nan II ilperln while appearing lo- 
cally last week at the Palace went 
before Judge Joseph Sabath, asked 
for a divorce from William Fricd- 
landcr, theatrical producer and lib- 
rettist, and pot it. 

Desertion was the charge. 



OSOAfi SHAW'S TRY 

Oscar Shaw will try Keith- AU»e<- 
vaudevillo opening Monday at the 
Cbllfttfum under Al Lewis' direction 
In »ii act authored by Andy Rice. 
Shww has a production starring con- 
tract with Zlegfeld for next season. 

Madeline Cameron (Mrs. Itiliy 
Qaxton) will be ln support of Shaw. 



0'HARA'S MURDERER GUILTY 

Albany. N. Y., May 4. 

AhJrow L'jrlewlck, Worl 1 War 
veteran, was convicted of man- 
slaughter for the death of James I*. 
O'llara, seventy, old time minstrel 
of Hudson, Mass., and sentenced to 
from 5 to 10 y» ■;ir:; in Clinton prison 
at Dannemora, N. Y., by Judge lOarl 
II. C.allup. 

O'llara was struck in the face by 
Lodewick during a brawl in a 
speakeasy In Albany, N. Y., and fell 
down a flight of stairs suffering a 
concussion of the brain. He later 
was carried into a doorway of a 
house nearby and abandoned there 
to die. 



A reserve fund of the National 
Vaudeville Artists following the 
holding of the benefits Sunday night 
is estimated as now approximating 
$3,500,000. 

The collections taken up at all of 
the houses of the Vaudeville Man- 
agers Protective Association during 
the recent N. V. A. week and 
"drive," together with the receipts 
from extra and midnight shows, is 
said to have been $900,000. The 
N. V. A.'s reserve fund from pre- 
vious and other activities for the 
fund was estimated at $2,500,000. 
These figures, added to the $00,000 
gross for the five benefits and $100.- 
000 gross and sales for the souvenir 
program, bring the fund up to 
$3,500,000 or more. 

The five benefit performances held 
Sunday night at the Hippodrome, 
Metropolitan opera house, Century, 
Manhattan opera house and New 
Amsterdam grossed approximately 
$60,000. 

The figures represent a good 
showing, but not capacity at any of 
the houses except the Hippodrome. 

The poorest attendance was re- 
ported at the Metropolitan, where 
the house was scaled at $7.70 top. 
The gross was also swollen at the 
Metropolitan by the sales of tickets 
to K-A agents. - The agents were 
handed from eight to 16 tickets 
about a week before the benefit. The 
tickets were each $7.70. 

The Century, donated by the Shu- 
berts, made a fair showing consid- 
ering its location, but the most rep- 
resentative vaudeville turnout was 
reported at the Manhattan opera 
house, where a $3.30 top prevailed. 

The Hippodrome, scaled at $5 top, 
also the Century and New Amster- 
dam, but there were plenty of $3.30 
seats sold at the latter. A flexible 
scale was reported to have been In- 
stalled at the last moment in all of 
the box offices except the Hippo- 
drome, to fill up empties. 

The annual N. V. A. benefit pro* 
(Continued on page 30) 



FLO LEWIS SLANDERED; 
WANTS $50,000 FOR IT 

Singer Sues Klein, Chicago 
Cabaret Man — Played 
at Samovar 



Chicago, May 4. 

Flo Lewis filed suit here last week 
for $r»0,000 damages against S. W. 
Klein, owner of the Samovar cafe, 
where Miss Lewis and her Red 
Heads recently concluded an en- 
gagement. Klein is alleged to have 
slandered Miss Lewis. 

Tho Venetian Room of the Hotel 
Southmcor has been converted into 
a cabaret, with Miss Lewis the 
current attraction. 



Young Condons Divorced 



Chicago, May 4. 

Arthur Condon, 19-year-old man- 
ager of the E-A-R theatre on the 
south side, has been divorced by 
his 18-year-old wife. Jane Condon. 
She charged cruelty 

They were married at the respec- 
tive ayes of 16 and 17. 

30 Days for Begley ; 

Beat Up Sherrill 

Gonvzc W. Begley, 28. performer, 
of 451 L"nox avi»nue. w is convicted 
of :iKsauit in Special fc» ssions ana 
.sens need to 30 days in L'<>o Work- 
house. 

IV^ley was arrests! March 25 on 
the complaint of William SheriH. 
theatrical manager, who charged 
IN'K'.ey with three other man f n ' 
terc.l his apai Lment ut ^ VoS 
182d street and beat him. Sherrlii 
succeeded In escaping to '.he stree 
and calling an ollicer. 

Ili'glcy was caught but the other 
men escaped. 



. .yfdoestf ay^ jlay, ft, . 1936 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



n 



the debarred big 
the legal opinion 



POINTS MADE IN U. S. COURT DECISION 
AFFIRMING THE HART CASI 



Max Hart haH one nrrore opportunity for legal appeal from the adverse 
ieclsion by the Circuit Court of Appeals In his suit against the "hip 
time" vaudeville interests, and he will accept it. 

Following the opinion by Justice Manton who on Monday sustained the 
federal District Courts ruling dismissing the Hart complaint for 
$6,260,000 triple damages under the Sherman anti-trust law, Eppstcin & 
Axman, counsel for Hart, filed a notice of appeal. They will take the 
matter to the highest tribunal, the U. S. Supreme Court and endeavor 
once again to reverse the opinion, and order the case remanded to tho 
Federal Court for a trial. 

Up to now, the Keith-AIhee and Orpheum interests have had no need \ 
to interpose a defence. Hart's suit being dismissal by .Justiee Augustus 
Ji. Hand off the bench, following the presentation of 
time agent's testimony. 

Justice Manton's opinion is Illuminating as regards 
on interstate commerce and vaudeville. 

Artist Prima Element 

In summary, it is held that: (1) the primary element that figures in 
a booking contract is the artist's personal service and that which is 
hired is the artistic efforts of the performer, above any paraphernalia 
that may go with the act to embellish it. 

(2) That this varies from the Binderup vs. Pathe Exchange case whe re 
Blnderup, picture exhibitor, successfully sued Pathe on anti-trust law 
charges. In that spools of films were the direct media of interstate com- 
merce. The same parallel applied to the billposters' case. 

(3) That the business of acting Is purely n state affair. The mere 
fact that the actors were obliged to cross state lines and have trans- 
portation paid, in some instances, does not change tho character of the 
service nor of the business. 

(4) Hart is personally scored for his belligerent tactics, the court 
ruling "the right of a person to do business with whomsoever he desires 
is well established" to Justify Keith s barring of Hart from its place of 
business (booking offlce) because of his "Indecent and profane language 
in and about the offlce" . . . and finally the defendants refused to do 
business with him when he attempted to take an act which had been 
already played in one of defendants' theatres nnd claimed it as his own 
(referring to an act at the Palace in which Hart attempted to interest 
production managers). 




'Telling Off" Agent 

In an lndei>endent booking 
agency. 

Chief male booker and femi- 
nine assistant were having it 
out hot and heavy with a 
vaudevlllian regarding a 14 
baggage haul between two 
duwn east points covered by 
the agenc> books. 

1 Miring the high point of tho 
verbal jambopiee, the "act" 
walked out with a parting re- 
mark: "All you need is a 
bench and a song lini.-th.'' 



Early Decision 

Excerpts from the opinion are appended herewith. 

The Circuit Court's decision in about a mwilh after the argument of 
the appeal is In itself surprising in view of the voluminous testimony 
and record on appeal which was figured would take the court two or 
three months to wade through, with a decision not expected until summer 
*nd possibly fall. But seemingly the appeal court merely weighed the 
legal arguments of Justice Charles Evan Hughes, tho former secretary 
of state and Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, who argued on 
behalf of Keith-Albee-Orpheum, as against Martin W. Littleton's at- 
tempt to get around that baseball decision which was the "big time's" 
legal ace-in-the-hole. Justice Hughes was called in for the express 
purpose of the appeal, his argument before Justice Manton, Hough and 
Learned Hand (brother of A. N. Hand who dismissed the complaint 
originally) apparently impressing the court with Its simplicity and 
soundness. 

The legal opinion concurs with the "big time" on that point in the 
following: 

"It is apparent that animal acts and flash acts are exceptions in the 
kind of vaudeville acts which go to make up the vaudeville program. 
The great majority and tho high priced artists seem to give merely 
their personal services in the performance. A concession at the trial 
stated that in 1920-1921 the Keith Vaudeville Exchange booked 3,800 
vaudeville acts and 11 per cent, carried paraphernalia in boxes and 
crates. This must be considered to be an incidental feature of the^ busi- 
ness rather than the dominant one. 

"There are other estimates of the amounts carried which are not im- 
portant here to relate. (Mr. Littleton In his argument placed the per- 
centage at 85). It is sufficient to Uken such property to that of the base- 
ball players' masks, balls and bats used by them and which were con- 
sidered incidental in the Federal Base Ball case . . . We observe that 
the singers, sketch teams, comedians and the like, were required to carry 
no scenery or property because the theatres possessed such, but they 
did carry some clothing with them." 

Interstate 

A salient point on the question of interstate commerce is: 
"The business of acting in a theatre is purely a state affair. The mere 
fact that the actors were obliged to cross stato lines and have trans- 
portation paid, in some instances, does not change the character of the 
service nor of the business. As said in Hooper vs. California; *If the 
power to regulate interstate commerce applied to all the incidents to 
which said commerce might give rise and to all contracts which might 
be made in the course of its transaction, that power would embrace the 
entire sphere of mercantile, activity in any way connected with trade 
between the States; and would exclude state control over many con- 
tracts purely domestic in their nature.' The booking contract at bar 
1« not an instrumentality of interstate commerce. It is a mere incident 
of commercial intercourse." 

Monopoly 

On the question of monopoly, the following speaks for Itself: 
"It is hard to conceive of how the defendants could control or monopo- 
lize vaudeville actors who are free agents, able to contract from week 
to week with whom they please. Any other theatre owner can book or 
engage the same acts that have been performed. This Is illustrated by 
the testimony In this record of well-known managers of vaudeville cir- 
cuits. Every agreement concerning trades or regulation of trade to a 
certain extent restrains. The test of legality Is whether the restraint 
imposed is such as merely regulates and permits competition, or whether 
it is such that it may suppress or even destroy competition. The facts 
Peculiar to tho particular business to which the restraint is applied must 
be considered in each instance; the nature of the restraint and its 
affects, actual or probable." 

Hart's Conduct 

As to Hart's conduct: 

"The plaintiff has testified to the reasons for the refusal of the de- 
fendants to do business with him in accepting booking contracts. He 
Bays much, by his own admissions, to Justify the reason for refusing to 
do business with him. A fist fight with another agent was started in 
the office of the defendants and continued in the immediate vicinity 
and led to the suspension of his business re.ations with the defendant. 
There la no reason baaed on the common law or the Sherman Law which 
requires the defendants to do business with plaintiff, if he is objection- 
able to them and that objection Is bnsed upon sufficient reason." 

"Personal Service" 

Touching on Hart's argument "that the defendants combined to con- 
trol all 'machinery' for booking attractions and dominated the 'purely 
interstate element of their business', using their power to crush the 
Plaintiff in his business and to restrain owners of vaudeville theatres, 
producers, artists and others from negotiating with one another," 
Justice Manton thinks that "the real test suggested by the plaintiff, is 
whether or nol the acts complained of directly and unduly restrained 
interstate commerce . . . The testimony bristles with references to 
the salary, services and artists who are employed under the contracting 
arrangements', and it may be fairly said that what is contracted for is 
an entertainment for hire upon the stage of the theatre with the actors 
°r artists as entertainers. 

"It makes little difference whether they are high class artists or par- 
ticipants In small acts. Another noticeable feature of the contracts made 
w *th artists or actors Is that it refers to the service as 'personal'. Ill- 
ness, p Xf t , SOM ;in(1 dPath termlnat08 the agreement. They are contracts 

lor P' iboi.al services." 



GEORGIE WOOD 

VAUDEVILLE'S PETER PAN 

Address: 44, Inglis Road. Ealing 
Common, London \V. 5, Eng. 

Love to Clara Howard, and that 
goes for Dolly Harmer, too. 



MARRIAGES 

Alma Real, Mexican soprano of 
the Mission Play, San Gabriel, to 
Victor Kingman (non-professional). 
In Hollywood, Cal., April 28. 

Floryanne Thompson, singer, to 
James J. Vesper in Denver, in 
March, disclosed In Los Angeles. 

Catherine Pamela Robinson of 
Allston, Mass.. to Albert Ethier 
Moore at Allston April 24. The bride 
formerly was a member of the Per- 
cival Vivian Players during a road 
tour, and the bridegroom was man- 
ager. They have gone to Chicago 
where Moore is leading man with 
the Robert Sherman Stock company 
and with which the bride also will 
play. 

Anita Garvin, screen actress, to 
Clement Beauchamp, assistant di- 
rector, Fox, at Ventura, Calif., 
March 15. 

Paulette Paquet, film actress, to 
Kenneth Gibson, stage and film ac- 
tor, at Los Angeles, May 3. 

Lawrence "Wheat, screen actor, to 
Mary Carlisle, stage and screen 
actress, In Los Angeles, May 1. 



Thanks From Prison 



Tim Burke, chairman of the 
Entertainment Committee of 
the Welfare League at Auburn 
(N. Y.) Prison, requests that 
Variety extend the thanks of 
the prisoners to the vaudeville 
and burlesque people who have 
volunteered entertainment at 
the prison. 

There are 1,400 prisoners at 
Auburn. 



ILL AND INJURED 

Evelyn Lasker, injured at Fox's 
Crotona, New York, several weeks 
ago. improving slowly. 

Richard Reddlck has fully recov- 
ered from a severe illness. 

Searle Allen remains very 111 In 
French hospital, New York. 

Mvdlie Fuller and her company 
reopened In the Blanche Merrill 
sketch, "An Even Break." at New- 
ark, N. J., last week, the blind ac- 
tress having fully recovered from 
her recent illness. 

Early last week while crossing 
the street In front of the N. V. A. 
Club on West 46th street, to enter 
her husband's (Dilly Rogers) car, 
Mrs. Rogers (Grace Tremont) was 
struck by a taxicab. She was carried 
to her room In the clubhouse and 
attended by Dr. H. Freeman. Miss 
Tremont was hurt internally and ex- 
ternally. 

Sidney Olcott, director for Rich- 
ard Ilarthelmcss at Hollywood Hos- 
pital, Hollywood, Cal.. recovering 
from an adenoid operation. 



BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Seranton, 
April li6, son. No place of birth 
mentioned. The father is on the 
Pantages Circuit. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Whltson Bel- 
ford, son at Kendallvllle, Ind., April 
17. The parents are with the Six 
American Belfords on Pantages 
circuit. 

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Reed, daughter, 
at the Sylvan Ix>dgc hospital, Holly- 
wood, Calif., April 2». The father 
is director of publicity at Universal 
City. 



ENGAGEMENTS 

James Barton, Polly Walker, 
Mary Jane, Clatre Luce, Alys Fitx- 
geraid, Doris Wilson, Paulette God- 
dard, Audray Dale, Naomi Johnson, 
Katherine Burke, Beryl Halley, 
Helen Herendeen, Dorothy Wegman, 
Dorothy Dahm for Zlcgfeld "Fol- 
lies" (all from Ziegf eld's "Palm 
Beach Nights" company). 

Beatrice Roberta, Bobby Storey, 
Evelyn Grieg, Yvonne Grey, Anas- 
tacla Reilly. Noel Francis. Mildred 
Lunnay, Lillian Kimarl, Flo Lane, 
Suzanne Fleming for Ziegfeld "Fol- 
lies," all' from Zlegfeld'a "Palm 
Beach Nights." 




PANIC IS ON; 
20 HOUSES CLOSE 



Independent Vaude Mgrt. 
Seize Upon Excuses 



First si.uns of the annual sum- 
mer pani/ has hit the independent 
bookers. Also the house managers. 
Both are passing the others aspirin 
tablets. 

The first warm snap and daylight 
saving time share honors as the 
latest excuse for 20 houses evenly 
distributed between the "big Ave" 
independent booker to call It a sea- 
son as far as vaudeville is con- 
cerned. 

Some of the houses may string 
along with pictures for a time, but 
most are ready to close or sublet 
for stock or other purposes. 

Some bookers bolder than others 
have Inveigled their houses to re- 
main open and plunge for "names" 
and acts that will draw. In some 
instances they have been successful, 
but in most their heavy selling talks 
have been wasted. 



INCORPORATIONS 

NEW YORK 

Fourteenth Street and Avenue A 
Theatre Corp., Manhattan; capital, 
$120,000. Directors, Samuel Krohn- 
berg, L. B. Appleton, Bernard 
Fliashnick, Brooklyn. Attorneys, 
Fliashnick and Sustick, 1440 Broad- 
way. 

Solroc Pictures, Manhattan; pic- 
tures; 100 shares common, no par. 
Directors, Mollie Sallt, Bessie Bran- 
del, Anne Eichel. Attorney, Nathan 
Burkan. 

Western Rodeo Productions Co., 
Manhattan; theatrical; capital, 
$5,000. Directors, Ernest Anderson, 
Frank Kelly. H. Schechter. 

Barton Bros. Circus Corp., Man- 
hattan; capital, $60,000. Directors, 
George E. Barton, Newark, N. J.; 
Joseph M. Ryan, 408 Bast 15th 
street; Charles A. Yunchirt, Hemp- 
stead, L. L Attorney,' Henry H. 
Banks, 38 Park Row. 

Covent 'I heat re Corp., Manhat- 
tan; pictures; 1,500 shares pre- 
ferred, $100 each; 1,500 common, ho 
par. Directors, Earle House, Fred- 
erick W. Proctor, L. Sanford Proc- 
tor. Attorney, B. J. Hlgley, 100 
Broadway. 

Phoenix Players, Manhattan ; the- 
atrical; 200 shares common, no par. 
Directors, Benjamin L. Webster, 
Charles Garslde, D. S. Crltz. At- 
torneys, Choate, Larocque and 
Mitchell. 

Amusement Pictures Corp., Man- 
hattan; pictures; 150 shares com- 
mon, no par. Directors, Jacques 
Kopfstein, Lon Young, L. P. Itun- 
dell. Attorney, 1L M. Goldblatt, 
1 G GO Broadway. 

Omar Amusement Corp., Brook* 
lyn; amusement park: capital. $10,- 
000. Directors, Abraham Machson, 
C M. (Jrabson. Abraham Richmond. 
Attorney, Emanuel Urabson, 277 
Broadway. 

Capital Reduction 

Famous Attractions Corp., Man- 
hattan; capital stock reduced from 
SSOO.OOO to $5,000. 

Dissolution 

Certificate of voluntary dissolu- 
tion was filed last week by K. & W. 
Knterprlses, Manhattan. 

Connecticut 

Manhattan Players, Inc., of 
Brldegport, Conn.; authorized capi- 
tal, $25,000; to establish* theatiea 
and produce plays; to begin busi- 
ness with $4,000; incorporators are: 
Irene A. Bodnar, Alice Plstey and 
Mae K. Hanbury, all of Bridge- 
port. 



JUDGMENTS 

Lew Cantor; Novelty Scenic 
Studios; $1,076. 

John Cort; S. Knickerbocke r Sales 
Boom, Inc.; $202.97. 

I. Jay Faggen; N. Y. Tel. Co.; 
$41.22. 

Am. Institute of Operatic Art, 
Inc.; La Pldus Printing Co.. Inc.; 
$3,007.65. 

Wm. A. nold; N. Y. Band Instru- 
ment Co., Inc.; $I>6.71. 



THREE HEADLINERS 

AT FRENCH LICK SPRINGS 

Introducing to the newcomers in the profession three of America's fore- 
most headline™. To your left, ladles and gentlemen, you see ROCCO 
VOCCO the serious dispenser of Feint songs In Chicago and Its surround- 
ing territory. The gentleman in the center of the group is PHIL KORN- 
HEISER, tbf> general professional manager for Leo Foist, Inc.. discovered 
by Leo Feist In the wil'ls of New Vork. He ha.s become one of the great- 
est hand-shak«-rs in the song game and possibly the worst golfer In the 
profession. You can meet hlra any time he isn t playing golf at Imh 
headquarters 711 Seventh Avenue. To the left of Mr. Knrnhelser. we 
ask your indulgence to look into the eyes and bulging por:l<«ts of GUS 
KAHN, one ».f the world's greatest song writers find thr- hr-s-t golfer of 
ihz iriu. ilia latest hit 1a entitled "Ltt'a Talk About My Sweetie." 



NEW ACTS 

K. K. Nadfl is sending out "Lone- 
sume Manor" again with Jimmy 
Haggerty. 

"The Wreck," tabloid version of 
"Shipwrecked," Is being recast for 
a revival over the Pantages circuit. 

Harry Howard has shrived his 
production flash and will do a two- 
act with Ina Alcova. 



If you don't advertise in 

VARIETY 
don't advertise 



VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



LOEFS 25 FULL SALARIED WEEKS 
IN VAUDEVILLE, PICTURES, EXTRA 



More Consecutive Bookings Than Any Other Circuit 
Next Season — Going After "Names" and Attrac- 
tions — More Weeks in Metropolis 



COMMONWEALTH OPERA 
FOR VAUDEVILLE HOUSE 



Something New in Summer 
Running— Employee's 
Suggestion 



The Loew Circuit will have 25 
full salaried weeks next season, ac- 
cording to present plans, which call 
for a further expansion in the south 
and other houses. 

The Loew road shows will travel 
Intact from Baltimore south and re- 
turn to Providence where the shows 
will break up. The metropolitan 
time will also be increased by sev- 
eral additional weeks through deals 
now pending. 

The circuit will be In a position 
to offer acts more consecutive book- 
ing than any vaudeville circuit In 
the country, without including the 
Loew picture houses, a separate 
booking altogether. 

Plans call for the playing of 
"names" and attractions and as a 
result the Loew bookers will be ne- 
gotiating for the best in vaudeville. 



IKE ROSE'S BREAK; 
MIDGETS GET MONEY 



Rose's Midgets, who experienced 
considerably difficulty in securing 
bookings on independent time for 
$ 2.1250 weekly, have realized over 
that figure by playing some of the 
better class large seating capacity 
vaudeville and picture houses on a 
percentage. 

The midget turn has been getting 
$3,500 to $4,000 weekly, playing 
these dates on a 60-40 basis where 
no guarantee obtains. With guar- 
antees the turn plays a straight 
60-50 arrangement, with the guar- 
antee money deducted from the 
turn's share. 

The midget act carries 22 peo- 
ple and trained animals. In most 
towns parades are given, also re- 
ceptions for the Juvenile trade on 
the stage after the matinee per- 
formances. The act will continue 
the independent dates Indefinitely 
or as long as the good spots hold 

OU't. 



VAUDE AGENCY CLAIMS 
PERSONAL SERVICE TAX 



Chicago, May 4. 

The U. S. Board of Appeals sitting 
in Chicago will consider the appli- 
cation of the Simons Agency to 
have its income tax cut from 12 to 
8 percent on the grounds that it is 
not a corporation but a personal 
service bureau. 

Should the Simons Agency claim 
be allowed it is understood all other 
vaudeville agencies will automatic- 
ally benefit by the reduction in the 
rate of returnable taxes. 



Silber Did Booking 

The Pantages bookings of James 
J. Corbett and Bobby Barry also 
Jim McWilllams were arranged by 
Arthur Silber and not by another 
agent as first reported. 

The Corbett and Barry contract 
calls for an opening date at $1,500 
weekly with 13 additional weeks 
optional. Silber has been booking 
principal features for the Pan 
houses for some years. 



COLORED ARTISTES RETURN 

Lottie Gee, colored songstress, 
after playing In London" and Paris, 
returned April 27. 

Emma Maltland and Aurella 
Wheedlin, who have been abroad 
two years, are returning to the 
States in August. 



De Wolf Hopper and Co. 
In Condensed "Pirates" 

The Alf Wilton office has added 
to its staff H. S. Kraft, who will 
handlo attractions tor picture 
houses; John Harrington and 
Thomas E. Jackson. Harrington 
will do field work in lining up 
houses for Wilton and Jackson will 
have charge of the production de- 
partment. 

The Wilton office is offering Dc 
Wolf Hopper to ihe picture houses 
In a number from "The Pirates of 
Penzance," with five people. 



Pugilist at $500 

"Bushy" Graham, bantamweight 
pugilist* made his vaude debut this 
week at the State, Utica, N. Y. 

Graham has been booked for sev- 
eral weeks of independent dates at 
$500 a week. Utica was selected as 
the starting point, since it is the 
boxer's home town. 

Graham's act consists of an ath- 
letic routine and an exhibition of 
shadow boxing. 



Same Old V. M. P. A. 
Dinner — Same Old Staff 



Monday night at the Hotel 
Plaza, New York, the Vaude- 
ville Managers' Protective As- 
sociation held its annual din- 
ner, the same old dinner at- 
tended by the same old crowd 
who listened to the same old 
speeches, but without the gin- 
ger of former free lunches in 
the same old place. 

Thought waves coming out 
of the banquet hall sounded as 
though they were groaning 
over the grosses and wonder- 
ing if the speech -makers knew 
how to remedy that same old 
complaint. 



Syracuse, N. Y., May 4. 

Business is off in local theatres. 

Keith's, a gold mine this season 
with the combination policy, is feel- 
ing the slump. 

The Strand flopped heavily with 
the 10-day run of "For Heaven's 
Sake" (film). 

The Temple, having lost about 
$26,000 this season, according to 
Rial to gossip, changed policy Mon- 
day, following the example of 
Keith's. Hereafter, the Cahlll- 
operated theatre will have four acts 
and a feature picture, running con- 
tinuously from 1 to 11 p. m. The 
matinee scale will be 15-20, with 
20-26 at night The new policy is 
being tried via the commonwealth 
plan, It is said. After all fixed 
charges aro met, the house staff 
shares In the proceeds, if there's a 
profit. So far as is known, this is 
the first time that the common- 
wealth plan has been applied to 
vaudeville. 

The house staff assisted in the 
billing for the new policy, and the 
town is covered like a circus ad- 
vance. The plan was proposed to 
William Cahill, operator of the 
house, by the employes who did not 
take kindly to the announcement 
that the theatre would close sev- 
eral weeks in advance of the cus- 
tomary summer dark period. 



Botterfield Consolidation; 
10,000 Shares at $100 



Chicago, May 4. 

A new corporation to take over 
all the other companies making up 
the Butterfield Circuit in Michigan 
is being organized. It will be a 
closed corporation under the title 
W. 8. Butterfield Theatres, Inc., 
with 10,000 shares at a par of $100. 

Col. Butterfield will have full 
control under this new arrange- 
ment. 



Pantages' Application for 
Dissolution of 3 Corps. 

Seattle, May 4. 

A petition has been tiled in Su- 
perior court here seeking to disin- 
corporate three member companies 
of the Pantages Circuit chain. The 
corporations which Alex Pantages 
wants dissolved are the Pantages 
Memphis Amusement Co., Pantages 
Minneapolis Amusement Co., ard 
the Pantages, Salt Lake City. 

It is planned to have the assets 
of these companies turned over to 
the Pantages* Theatre Co.. a Califor 
nla corporation, which will operate 
them. 



Cartoon Tab Musicals 

Al Lewis will sponsor tabloid 
versions of several of the cartoon 
musicals held by Gus Hill, with 
Hill being in on each production 
for vaudeville. The tabloid versions 
will also be musical, carrying six 
principals nnd eight girls In each 
Unit. 

FANCHON-MARCO ACTS EAST 

Johnny Perkins, who was sent 
cast from the coast by Fanchon and 
Marco, opens a picture house tour 
May 10 at Reading, Pa. William 
Morris is handling Perkins. 

Noll Kelly, another Fanchon and 
Marco turn, is slated for the en«t 
In September. 



Glendinning's Sketch 

Ernest Glendlnnlng will enter 
vaudeville May 17 In a sketch, "The 
Publicity Hound," by Hoy Biiant. 




PALACE'S ONE WEEK 
SHIED AT BY ACTS 



The Sensational Dancing Harmonists 

Broadway's Cutest Duo 

THE O'BRIEN SISTERS 

Featured with CHARLES KING 
This Week (May 3) — B. F. Keith's Palace, New Y«rk 



One of the difficulties of 
modern booking is Illustrated 
by the Palace, New York, for- 
merly In a position to secure 
"names" without trouble. 

The shrinkage of big time to 
its present proportions and the 
inability of the bookers to play 
high priced acts but a few 
weeks has reacted on the Pal- 
ace. 

Recently a logit male star 
when approached with an offer 
of one week out of town and 
the following week at the Pal- 
ace at $2,600 refused to accept 
less than eight weeks at that 
figure. When pressed for a 
reason he explained It had 
been pointed out to him that 
the Palace waa the only house 
he was certain of and after ap- 
pearing there the circuit might 
not be interested In playing 
him further. 

The turn down of $3,000 
weekly for two weeks at the 
Palace with no further time 
to follow was attributed to 
Anatole Friedland recently for 
the very same reason. Fried - 
land was wanted to bail the 
Palace out on a "name," but 
the salary is said to have 
stopped the other houses from 
playing him afterward. 

A few seasons ago a suc- 
cessful appearance at the Pal- 
ace was tantamount to a route. 
The experience of "The In- 
genues" following a Palace 
success this season reverses 
that supposition. The girl act 
had to accept picture house 
bookings following, or lay off. 



Slang of Hoboes Is 

Difficult for Women 

Cleveland, May 4. 
A wrathful protest against the 
tyranny of steady work and the dis- 
comforts of any but a fly-by-nlght 
existence is to be lodged in Cleve- 
land this week by an army of tat- 
tered delegates who call themselves 
the kpights and queens of the road, 

but are better known to the average 
housewife as the "gimme gang" or 
"handout hoboes." 

They are coming here In box cars 
deluxe, by friendly automobile, and 
on foot. Local officials are making 
preparations to accommodate over 
700 in lodging houses and on the 
soft side of secluded benches in the 
city's public parks. 

Dominick Roachm, blue-eyed, soft 
spoken "bo," known to the frater- 
nity as "Wabash Speck," is in 
charge of the arrangements and ad- 
mits he's worried. 

"Wasn't at all hard to hold these 
•affairs in the old days," murmured 
Dominick, with a far away gaze. 
"Fact is, we didn't have any trouble 
to speak of. But now, with the 
'gals' coming In it's different. Tou 
can't put 'em up any old place like 
a regular *bo* and sometimes we 
have to ask 'em to 'bum' a ticket at 
the Y. W. Leastwise that's what 
I'm thinkin' I'll have to do. 

"But that ain't all, though heaven 
knows that's enough," he continued, 
thoughtfully. "The 'gals' don't pick 
up our language like they ought to. 
Can't seem to get through their 
pretty heads that a 'willle poke out' 
Is a free dinner, that ^blanket stiffs' 
are walking hoboes and 'riding the 
gunnels' Is riding a freight train." 

Asked to define some of the more 
common hobo terms, Roachm ex- 
plained that a "minister's face" is 
a cheap pie^e of meat off the pig's 
head, a "gandy -dancer" a railroad 
construction worker, a "get-lt" a 
foreman, and a "spinner" a driver 
of mules. 

Most of the convention meetings 
are to be held In the local quarters 
of the International Brotherhood 
Welfare Association, 1247 East 20th 
street. But the principal gatherings 
will take place afternoons and eve- 
nings In the Goodrich House, 1420 
East 31st street. 

William Montgomery Brown, de- 
posed bishop of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church, long a champion of 
the hobos' cause, is to deliver the 
main addresses. Others on the pro- 
gram are Gen. Coxey, of Massillon 
and Nicholas Klein of Cincinnati. 



STANLEY CO. TO 
DROP K-A SOON? 



Report Will Not Down, 
Philly Concern Through 



A runmor that will not down la 
that the Stanley Company of Amer- 
lea is about ready to withdraw its 
houses from the Keith -Albee book- 
ing agency. 

This report got out following an- 
other of the merger of the Stanley 
houses with other large picture in- 
terests, as reported in the plctura 
department of this Ibsuc 

A member of the Stanley firm in 
Nev York Monday would not go 
into the question. While the with- 
drawal of the Stanley houses may 
not be Immediate in view of the 
approaching end of the current sea- 
son, it is anticipated by next sea- 
son If not announced before that. 

That K-A holds a minor Interest 
In some of the Stanley theatres will 
not interfere with the Stanley peo- 
ple reaching any decision, it is said. 



GLENN BURT'S OWN 
CIRCUIT OF 6 WEEKS 



Chicago, May 4. 

Glenn C. Burt, for many years 

booking manager of the Keith- 

Albee Western Circuit, and who 

booked the better houses of that cir- 
cuit in this territory, has branched 
out with his own circuit of theatres. 

Burt had flattering offers but 
turned them down to open his own 
offices. He has had a vast experi- 
ence in booking vaudeville theatres 
and special attractions in moving 
picture houses. Burt made a per- 
sonal tour through Michigan. Illi- 
nois, Indiana and Ohio and has 
lined up six of the better week* 
♦ hat he <s now giving his personal 
attention to. 



K-A-Keeney Now 

According to a report, a deal it 
pending whereby the Frank Keency 
houses In Brooklyn may be taken 
over by the Kelth-Alhee Circuit. 
The houses are Keeney's and tha 
Bedford, Brooklyn, both playing in- 
dependent vaudeville and pictures. 

The houses are now being booked 
out of the Sun-Keeney Vaudeville 
Exchange. It was reported last 
week the houses were to be taken 
over by the Loew Circuit. 



Simpson-Dean Dissolution 

Simpson and Dean have dissolved 
as a vaudeville team. Earl Dean 
has formed a new act with Henri- 
etta 



Lawrence with Lewis 

Warren F. Lawrence is associated 
with Al Lewis (Lewis & Gordon). 
Lawrence has an executive post In 
his new connection. He will have 
supervision under Lewis of the 
vaudeville and legit production out- 
put of the firm. 

Lawrence's new post will not con- 
flict with that of Ben Boyer, who 
remains as general director of the 
vaudeville producing branch of the 
Arm. 



"NAMES" AT NORFOLK 

Loew's Norfolk will play "names" 
for several weeks 1 . The house opens 
May 10 with Herman Timberg top- 
ping the vaudeville section. James 
J. Corbett and Bobby Barry will be 
the headllnors the following week. 

Both turns will continue on the 
southern Loew tbur, according to 
report. 



SALT AND PEPPER WITH BAUD 

Salt and Pepper, the banjo-song- 
sters from ".Gay Paree" and th« 
cabarets, and Willard Robinson'a 
orchestra are a new picture house 
combination, via Arthur Spizzi* 

The Robinson band is a P» ul 
Whlteman protege, brought east 
by the maestro from St. Louis. 



GENE KELLY AGENTTNO 

Gene Kelly, vaudeville actor, ha* 
temporarily retired from the stag* 
to enter the agency field. 



"Some Baby" Condensed 

"Some Baby." by Zellah Coving- 
ton and Max Simonson is beinl 
I condensed for vaudeville. 



Houses Closing 

st ha* been set to doss the 
Novelty, Topeka's only vaudeville 
ton*. When reopening Labor Day 
it will have double Its present seat- 
ing capacity of 700. 

The Crescent, Perth Amboy, N. 
j., has dispensed with its vaude for 
glimmer, and Is operating with pic- 
tures. 

Stock will supplant vaudovllle at 
Proctor's, Troy. N. Y., next week. 
The opening bill will be "Flaming 
youth." 

A bugler sounding "taps" on the 
it&ge of the Crelghton-Orpheum, 
Omaha, brought to a close the final 
performance In that theatre. 

Proctor's. Troy; Proctor's, Al- 
bany; Rlalto, Amsterdam; Clov#. 
Gloversvllle, N. Y., have closed for 
the summer. Avon, Watertown, and 
Temple, Syracuse, N. Y., close May 
10. 

Calvin, Northampton, Mass., 
eloses week May 24; Capitol. New 
Britain, Conn., closes May 24; Hip- 
podrome, Pottsville, Pa., closes for 
three weeks week of May 3; Oar- 
rick, Norrlstown; Wm. Penn, 
Philadelphia and Edgemont, Ches- 
ter, Pa., close week May 3. 

Empire, Lawrence, Mass., and Bi- 
jou, Woonsocket, R, I., closes week 
of May 3; Orphcum, Germantown, 
closes week of May 10. 

Lyceum, Canton, O., closed May 
1; Victoria, Wheeling, W. Va., May 
IS; Capitol, New Castle, Pa., May 
8; Harris, Hippodrome, McKeea- 
port Pa, May 31; Strand, Greens- 
burg, Pa., May 31; Colonial, Blue- 
field, W Va., May 3; Fairmont, 
Fairmont, W. Va^ May 31; Park, 
Meadville, Pa., Ma: 3; Strand, East 
Liverpool, O., April 26; Hippo- 
drome, Youngs town. May 10. 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



Fattest Act In Vaudeville 

WEN TALBERT 



and kla 

V*w Headlining PuUcn Circuit 
BAND DANCERS SINGKR8 



INSIDE STUFF 



OR VAUDEVILLE 



Since the Induction of most of the jazz bands playing In vaudeville 
cither as individual turns or with flash arts into the musicians' union, 
bookers of non-union Independent vaudeville houses are finding it a 
problem to book flashes into their bills. The union angle did not dawn 
upon the bookers until lately when several acts were not permitted to 
do their stuff because of the stage musicians being union and the 
theatre pit men non-union. 

Representatives of the union have been watching houses In and near 
New York especially that are on the union s "unfair list" through re- 
fusing to employ union men in their orchestras and are pulling out any 
union combination:; that attempt to show at tbese theatres. With the 
low figures these hand flashes have boon g"ttlns from the Independent* 
tho union scale Is prohibitive for the average producer. The controversy 
sets in however when a regulation flash is playing a break in and spotted 
in the non-union houses. 



Charles G. Anderson, formerly a booker In the Keith headquarters. 
New York, Is now in charge of the social activities at the Y. M. C. A.. 
East Side Branch. 153 East 86th street. New York. Mr. Anderson re- 
tired from vaudeville following the reported sale by him of Keith stock 
for $600,000 to Lee Shubert. The stock had been bequeathed to Mra. 
Anderson by the late E. N. Robinson, who had received it as a bequest 
under the will of the late A. Paul Keith. 

Lee Shubert was reported recently as having placed a valuation of 
$1,000,000 upon his Kci'h holdings. Shubert purchased the stock before 
he engaged upon the Shubert Vaudeville project that failed. It was 
Lee's purpose in buying the Anderson holdings to secure direct informa- 
tion as to the earning powers of the vaudeville properties Included In 
the stock held by him. Through financial statements received from the 
Keith corporations as a stockholder (the stock probably held in the 
name of a 'dummy'), the Shuberts got the data desired. 

It Is believed that the Shubert possession of this stock, In addition to 
controversies between the Shuberts and Keith-Albee, contributed con- 
siderably toward the recently revived deep afTection between Lee Shubert 
and E. F. Albee, after a period of years during which each had called 
the other everything he could think of. 



Tevis Huhn, champion athlete and society man. Is the same Tevis 
Huhn who was banjo soloist at the Mark-Strand, New York picture 
house, as a presentation act, and later went into the Montmartre's 
London Pierrots' revue at the night club. Huhn joined "The Bunk of 
1926" last week as a strengthened He is a grandson of the George A. 
Huhn (&. Son) brokerage firm, and an alumnus of Princeton and Oxford, 
England, as well as prominent clubman, including the Racquet Club. 

Huhn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Tevis Huhn. He waa on 
the Olympic team representing America in 1920. Huhn holds the high 
and low hurdles records at Oxford. 



Max Berman, "the singing tailor" who has figured in the dailies with 
his ill-fated concert, attempts and forced back to tailoring as a means 
for support, opened as a try-out this week in vaudeville. The "singing 
tailor" came to attention and tried Aeolian, finding himself out several 
hundred dollars through the concert flop. 



That the agency business of the agents doing business with the as- 
sociation (Orpheum circuit), Chicago, is in bad shape at present Is best 
told by the "hold up" of the association for the agents to take a page 
each at $75 in the N. V. A. program for the benefit to the club at the 



Auditorium, in Chicago, The agents remonstrated against the imposition, 
making their protest more emphatic than many of the actors similarly 
held up east and west have done. The agents also had been held up 
for $50 worth of N. V. A. tickets. 

Upon their plaint they had no money to pay for the program ad- 
vertising (of no value at all to the agents any more than it is to the 
actors) the 'Association" informed the agents it would advance any of 
them $75 for the ad and take their notes for the amounts 

«,honM h f F l lll8lanc / °l ': Thc ^ lrlt " »»y the managers. Markle Ileiman 
should feel proud of his Chicago organization when he sends that 
Auditorium program next door. If he doesn't get a kiss for It the least 
should be a pat on the shoulder, that shoulder pat that has cost actors 
thousands upon thousands in salaries, after getting it. 

Negotiations were reported on the inside between Loew's and Frank 
Keeney for the Keeney Brooklyn theatres. It is also reported that 
the negotiations were dropped when Keeney bv , his r,nal selling price 
considered much too high by Loew's. 



Next Monday (May 10) Loew's new theatre opens «t Norfolk Va 
l» W 'l? ^ have °P™ eJ tl, ls Monday (May 3) and the house was readv" 
ine Ku Klux Klan had settled upon the week of May 3 for a celebra- 
tion and requested the management of the new theatre to postpone its 
opening one week, although the theatre represents nearly $1,000 000 

Marcus Loew consented to the change of date and Jake Wells loaned 
his Norfolk theatre to the K. K s. to hold part of the celebration in. Mr. 
Wells is a Catholic. 

A minister of K. K. K. leanings is said to have publicly drawn atten- 
tion In Norfolk to the fact that a Jew had postponed the opening of 
his theatre and a Catholic had loaned another theatre to assist th« 
Ku Klux Klan. 



*uur members of the N. V. A. are said to have recently walked Into 
the office of the club's secretary and asked to be shown how the money 
of the N. V. A. Is being spent. The secretary displayed to the quartet 
a mass of vouchers of payments and disbursements in the cause of 
charity, apparently convincing the investigators. 

It's quite commonly known the N. V. A. takes care of a number of 
people and spends some of its funds for charitable purposes. What the 
committee probably wanted to inquire about was the disposition of the 
surplus of the organization; where its millions are invested and how. 
As a matter of fact the N. V. A. officers will take much delight at any 
time over bringing out the old vouchers that no one disputes, but they 
are not as frank on the subject of how much is in the surplus and 
where the surplus is or who handles it. That appears to be a deep 
secret, known to but three men at the utmost and none of those three 
an active N. V. A. member. 

For all the information obtained by the committee that anyone Is 
concerned in they might as well have looked over the books In the club's 
library. 



Show business still retains its hold on Harry Cranshaw, old colored 
minstrel man. After 1$ years in the blackface seml-clrcle and with the 
decline of xnistrelry, Cranshaw, known as J. W. Tldwell when he an- 
swered as Interlocutor, obtained a Job as doorman at the Morosco, local 
stock house. That was over 10 years ago. 

Today he Is still opening cab doors and bowing ladles out of their 
limousines. In his faded uniform and cap, Cranshaw reminisces about 
the old days in the wait between first and last curtain. He started out 
with the original Georgia Minstrels in 1899. he says. Right after that, 
he joined the Third Georgia Regiment for the Spanish American War, 
returning to sign with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, and later going with 
the Black Pattle troupe. Following this, he claims the distinction of 
being the first negro clown appearing with the old Sells Brothers Circus. 

Cranshaw says that he took second place in the buck and wing con- 



THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE! 

BUT THE WEST IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE EAST, NORTH AND SOUTH FOR THE MOST 

EXTRAORDINARY ATTRACTION PLAYING VAUDEVILLE 





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KEITH-ORPHEUM CIRCUITS 




HARRY M. SNODGRASS— J. M. WITTEN 



HERE'S THE PROOF FROM THE "SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER"! IDWAL JONES, DRAMATIC EDITOR, . SAID. 



RADIO PIANIST IS ORPHEUM HIT 

"Meet Profeaaor Snodgraea. and meet Mr. Whltten!" 

That'* tho fin I greeting to tho ntidlence at the Orphcum. T>on't you know 
who they areT Well, If you own on* of those ten-tube supt-r-M^tian-Tealn thlng- 
umaglge that catch for you In your parlor what the Troglodytfa are einglng la 
Jupiter, thon you know 'em well. Ttvy are the pianist find announcer, respectively, 
from Station WOS. Jefferson Citv. Mlzsoura. (Qoeh, the radio ed. ought to hava 
written thla.) 

Well, they looked quite at horn*. Their petting v;?n a repllra of their radio 
den atop the Capitol dome back South. Harry Fnodgraaa emote the piano and 



evoked, with excellent martellato and podalllng efT-cls. eurh ;.i -. rlfoi* ae "Thrti* 
o'clock In the) Morning 1 " and "Kitten on th» K«->h " H. pl.iys »'>n-»r..tjsi v. with euave 
feeling. Ajid Whttt«n'e voice- — he'e billed ae ' the prlz*- winning announcer"-- la eo 
clear that lota of "announreri'' who butch* r the muth«*r tongue via air rnuot weep 
In envloue aniculeh. 

f;e<.rgie Price, lato etar of 'The Passing Show" strutted hia wturT, did Imita- 
tions, snuggled down to the footlights ind yawne d I172 s< m;i in .1 rau xus rc< it.iT. ■*. 
That he ha* a following win eyMent. for he wi\ < l-miNy « n. - . ■ r«-« 1 . 

Theo Hekefl he a in a well-atagetj d.inc'rg r*vu#- M<t>t.y <"..i-k ;\m\ I'aul M> ' n'.- 
lough— clever comedians who are the |<iy of tho Mil- nn> r,n for a < < "nd w 

Chabot and Tortonl; Roth and Dr.tke. who do thin*-* on h roj.. , MM't and 
Mack, who hoof and alng. ar.d the Orontoa, ba !n r.^.-rn. ar<- othi-rn in th<t hiikw. I J. 



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VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



test at the St. Louis World's Fair. He quit minstrel shows In 1915 and 
went to work for Henry Schroeder, manager of the Morosco soon after. 
The old minstrel man claims the distinction of having opened the first 
taxi door for "Abie's Irish Hose," which first played here. 



Mao West, in collaboration, wrote the story of "Sex," the humid play 
■he is starring in at the 63d street, New York. It was adapted from a 
book. 



Playing a strong man act in cheap houses on a $10 nightly salary has 
Its obstacles. There Is one youngster, not yet 21, who is showing his 
act around the small time houses in Southern California. The boy, In- 
experienced and not so long away from Bulgaria, got a nt*v manager. 
The boss told him that he was to play tv»o performances a day on the 
next stand. Coming to the theatre, the manager met his meal ticket 
carrying the props. The boy went through his act smoothly and after 
the number brought the props, off stage. These consisted of steel bars 
tied in knots, spikes driven into boards and other bent hardware. 

"That's fine," the manager said. "Now get out your iron for the 
next show." The boy replied that he did not carry anything else. 

"Me bend 'em right back into place," he said, and proceeded to re- 
verse his entire act. Now he is playing twice his regular number of 
shows, two on stage, bending the bars and two in the dressing room, 
flattening them back again. 

Another incident came up when the act ran out of phone books. The 
strong man tears on© In half every performance. When the manager 
made inquiries and found that old Los Angeles phone books cost 40 cents 
apiece from the company, he figured the "nut" too high and now usually 
drops into a drug store or telephone booth near the house he is playing 
and gathers his props there, neglecting to mention the fact to the store 
owner as he walks out with the directory under his vest. 

Farming out of acts by straight vaudeville agents through one subter- 
fuge or another is due for an open expose from independent agents 
who brp.nd the practice ab unfair competition and claim they will go the 
limit to protect their business. Having felt the Inroads made by the 
circuit agents in regular season it is more noticeable now since the 
Independent field is over-agented and the "stand in" fellows are cutting 
Into their possible revenue. 

The independent agents claim that the other agents have the edge 
and usually can undersell them with .better material than they can 



BETTY SMITH 

TRESKNT8 NIGHTLY 

Her Revue "DE JEUNESSE" 

at WOODMANSTEN INN 



secure because of the performer's false idea that unless they do as the 
big-time agents tell them they won't get a look in on the bigger time. 
It is this mainly against which they complain. They figure if the big- 
time agents worked legitimately they'd get a break on these demand acts 
when having open time and get a price that would make their com- 
missions worth while. 

The squawkers have served notice on the agents who have been cutting 
into their business that unless there is a readjustment they are going to 
expose their dealings to the straight vaudeville heads. 

The Palace, New York, is placarding the outlying suburban towns with 
heavy billing, to offset the attendance slump at this ace K.-A. house. 
Towns throughout New Jersey and Long Island have been heavily 
plastered with one and three sheet stands of stock variety and modestly 
projecting the Palace as "The World s Famous House of Vaudeville." 
Time was when there wasn't enough capacity in the Palace to take care 
of the transients. 



HOUSES OPENING 

A picture theatre seating 2.000 is 
to be erected at 173rd street and 
Third avenue, by the Bronx Theatre 
Circle Building Corporation. The 
cost of the structure will be $150,000. 

The Strand, Walter Reade's new 
theatre, at Long Branch, N. J-, 
opened last week. It plays Ave acts 
on a split week booked by Fally 
Markus. 

The Gotham, Brooklyn, will not 
go into stock burlesque as reported, 
but will continue Its present policy 
of Italian stock on week days and a 
mixture of American and Italian 
vaudeville Sundays. 

The Paramount, Ogden, Utah, 
will play vaudeville every Tuesday 
and Wednesday, with shows booked 
by the Ackerman- Harris circuit via 
Edwin A. Morris, Orpheum thea- 
tre, Salt Lake. 

The Ames (la.) Theatre Co., Joe 
Gerbracht manager, has obtained a 
site on Main street between Kellogg 
and Burnett avenues with plans ap- 
proved for erection thereon of a 
$76,000 theatre. Policy determined 
later, but likely pictures. 

The new theatre planned for 
North Main street, Rock ford, 111., 
will play pictures, a syndicate of 



BETTIE GALLAGHER 

A NEW MUSICAL STAR IN THE MAKING 



THESE 



LOS ANQELE8 "TIMES" 
By Edwin SchalUrt 

A hurry call may as well be sent to George M. 
Cohan to come West. For if he ever should see 
the Coast production of his "song and dance show," 
"Little Nellie Kelly," he would probably be just 
about as well satisfied as if he staged it himself. 
Bob Carter and Bettie Gallagher stopped the per- 
formance early with their almost tireless efforts in 
an athletic type of dance. 



LOS ANQELES "EXPRESS* 

"Dancing My Worries Away," by Carter and Miss 
Gallagher, was a tremendous hit in the first act, 
but "When You Do the Hlnky Dee," by Lester Cole 
(the hero), Carter, Miss Alice Cavnaugh (the 
heroine) and Miss Gallagher was so much better 
that the audience kept calling for more until the 
dancers were nearly all out of breath. 



TOOK ME TO THIS 



LOS ANQELES HERALD 

"Patsy," the Los Angeles produced musical com- 
edy, is now in its second week at the Mason. 
Dancing, staged by David Bennett, is the outstand- 
ing feature of the production. Cute little Betty 
Gallagher nearly steals the show with her person- 
ality. Gloria Foy and Lou Holtz play the leads. 



GUY PRICE, LOS ANGELES "HERALD" 

"Patsy's" in town. 

She came In on a whirlwind of dancing staged 
by one Mr. Bennett, who answers to the name 
of Dave, and parked her worldly goods at the 

Mason. 

Yes, dancing is the outstanding feature of the 

show. 

But, on the other hand, there is a little lady 
named Betty Gallagher, & local lass, who is the 
personification of pep. As Mary McGuIre, the 
ingenue, she captivates the patrons with her per- 
sonality, good showmanship and clever stepping. 



THOSE TOOK ME TO THIS 



Thomas Wilkes has completed the cast for 
"Nancy," the new musical comedy he has selected 
for the starring tour of Nancy Welford. 



Bettie Gallagher, a native of this city, Is another 
Important member of tho cast Miss Gallagher has 
perhaps the most exacting of the supporting roles. 



I WILL BE READY FOR BROADWAY WHEN BROADWAY IS READY FOR ME 



film men, headed by William N. Van 
Matre, Jr., sponsoring the project. 

The Strand, Perth Amboy, N. J., 
formerly held by Jack Llnder, is 
now being booked out of the Fally 
Markus Agency. The switch was 
made when Jack Allen wont over to 
Fally Markus from Jack Llnder as 
general booking manager. It plays 
four acts on a split week. 

Three houses were added to the 
books of Fally Markus this week. 
The list Includes the Rialto, Ridge - 
field Park, N. J., four acta Satur- 
days; West End, Newark, N. J., 
three acts Fridays and Saturdays, 
and Main Street, Freehold, N. J., 
operating with similar schedule. 
The latter house had been booked 
through Jack Llnder. 

Dahlraan's Casino, North Beach, 
L. I„ is being renovated into a 
l.lOO-seater and will open Decora- 
tion Day as a vaudeville and pic- 
ture house. It will play six acts 
and feature picture on a spilt week, 
with books billed independently. 

The Highway, Coney Island, N. 
Y., is playing five acts Saturdays 
booked by Jack Llnder. 



FORUM 

' Green sburg, Pa., April 28. 
Editor Variety: 

An article In Variety relating the 
attempted suicide of one Flo Walsh 
did not refer to me. Am with the 
Reynolds Trio and at present using 
the name Reynolds. 

Flo Walsh-Reynolds. 



McCUNE HELD UP 



sage was received at the hotw ad- 
vising them to rfo to Room 5io, as 
a man was very sick. The manager 
notified John Vaughn, house de- 
tective Vaughn rushed upstairs 
and entered with a pass key. He 
found McCune still tied to tho bed 
and the room covered with blood. 
On the floor beside the bed was a 
piece of adhesive tape which the 
intruders had removed from Mc- 
Cuhe's mouth before they. left. 

Expected to Be Killed 

Vaughn telephoned Detectives 
Gunson and Maloney, West 68th 
street station, and also for Dr. 
Weinberger, hotel surgeon. The" 
doctor spent considerable time 
patching McCune's wounds and 
then put him to bed. On the ar- 
rival of Gunson and Maloney they 
obtained a fair description of two 
of the robbers, but McCune was 
▼ague about the third. An elevator 
operator said she had seen three 
men answering the description 
prowling around the hall on the 
14th floor the day before, but they 
left without finding the person they 
were looking for. 

McCune, propped in bed, said he 
thought they would kill him. He 
said he offered no resistance and 
believes that baved his life. Mc- 
Cune has been in the show business 
for many years. Until a short time 
ago he was v manager of "The Poor 
Nut." He is at present wdrklng on 
a new revue. For seven years he 
was manager of Proctor's Fifth 
Avenue theatre. 

When recovered sufficiently Mc- 
Cune will be taken to police head- 
quarters to look over the Rogue's 
Gallery In an effort to pick out his 
assailants. Police believe the rob- 
bers thought McCune hod consid- 
erable Jewelry and money and fol- 
lowed him home from a party he 
attended with friends the night be- 
fore. 

The slugging and robbery of Mc- 
Cune is said to have been a mistake 
on the part of the thieves They 
were really after another />f similar 
napie. The latter Is reported to 
have cleaned up $30,000 In a dice 
game the night before, and that 
bankroll was the objective of three 
men who forced their way into Mc- 
Cune's room. 



(Continued from Page 26) 

blackjack which stunned him and 
knocked him to the floor. One of 
the men kneeled over McCune and 
struck him several more blows. 
Taped Mouth 

McCune feigned unconsciousness 
and the men picked him up, carried 
him to the bed, where they bound 
his hands behind his back with 
neckties, and his legs. They then 
produced some strong twine and 
tied him to the bed. One of the 
men placed some adhesive tape 
across the theatrical man's mouth 
to prevent an outcry. 

They then went to McCune's 
trunk, pulled out various compart- 
ments and searched them. They 
went to a dresser, where they found 
10 scarf pins- and four pairs of cuff 
links. Meanwhile McCune was 
breathing heavily. One of the hold- 
up men walked over to the bedside 
and placed his hand near McCune's 
heart to see if he was still alive. 

A three-stoned dlamong ring was 
then torn from the hand of the 
victim. One started to search an- 
other drawer and another went to 
a wardrobe and extracted a wallet 
from a coat containing $28. In his 
haste a gold card case and a watch 
and chain were overlooked. 

A short time later a phone mes- 



N. V. A. RESERVE 



(Continued from Page 26) 
gram issued simultaneously with 
the five performances and sold at 
each house as souvenir programs at 
$1 is reported to have grossed $100,- 
000 from advertisements and sales. 
Thi» figure is in excess of last year's 
program receipts, although the 1926 
book is said to have included fewer 
artists' ads than ever before. 

The increased revenue In the face 
of this Is explained by the additional 
commercial ads secured by K-A 
solicitors, among whom were num- 
bered some artists who sold space 
to business men in various cities, 
representing tho N. V. A. as a rep- 
resentative artists' club engaged 
principally along charitable lines. 



Fastest Act in Vaudeville 

WEN TALBERT 

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"THE HIGHEST KICKER ON BROADWAY'* 

Now Being Featured with CHAS. KING 

"NOT A NEWCOMER IN SHOW BUSINESS" 

BUT FORMERLY 

BABY VIOLET, the Child Star 

THIS WEEK, KEITH'S PALACE, 'NEW YORK 



Tjkmnks to thm Numerous Producer* and Manager* far Thmir Kind Offer*. 



Thanh* and Be* WUhe* to MR. ROY TURK 



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VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



91 



Location withheld. 
Architect, \Y\ 1*. 



THEATRES IN CONSTRUCTION 

Atbury Park, N. $1,000,000. Main street. Owner. Readis Theatre 
irnterprlses, Walter Reade, president, New York City. Architect not 
Sected: policy not given. 

Chamberaburg, Pa. — (Also apartments) S. Main, near Washington 
■treet Owner. Chamt>ersburg Theatre Co., L. Luke. Pittstown, Pa. 
Architect. M. It. Rhoads, Chambersburg. Value and policy not given. 

Chicago— (Also stores, apartments, offices) $1,250,000. S. E. Irving 
Park boulevard and Central avenue. Owner withheld, care of architect, 
5. Erol Smith. Policy not given. 

Chicago. — (Also stores, apartments) $1,500,000. 4923-37 Chicago ave- 
nue. Owner, Syndicate Theatre Corp., R. Levlne, president, 822 W. 79th 
Street. "'Architect, E. P. Rupert, 822 W. 79th street. Policy not given. 

Chicago. — (Also stores, apartments) $750,000. S. E. corner Neva and 
Grand. Owner, Montclair Building Corp., care of architect, E. P. Rupert. 
Policy not given. 

Chicago. — (Also stores, apartments) $2,500,000. ] 
Owner, Syndicate Theatre- Corp., 1U Levlne, president 
Whitney, 822 W. 79th street. Policy not given. 

Cleveland.— (Also stores) $150,000. N. Y. corner W. 105th street and 
Jean avenue. Owner, W. 105th Street Investment Co., N. Pavlove. Archi- 
tect withheld. Policy not given. 

Detroit.— $1,500,000. Owner, Keith- Albee Theatrical Co., New York, 
•jid Temple Theatre, Detroit. Architect and site not selected. Vaudeville. 
** Joliet, III.— (Also stores) $750,000. Owner, Rlalto Square Pudding 
*«Corp., care of J as. J. Redding Co., 10 N. Clark street, Chicago. Architects, 
». Hooper A Janusch, Chicago. Policy not given. 

r*- Oshkeah, Wia. — (Majestic remodeled) 160 Main street. Owner, Saxe 
.-Amusement Enterprises, Milwaukee. Architect not selected. 

Portage, Wia. — $150,000. Owner, Fischer's Paramount Theatre Corp., 
' F. W. Fischer, president. Architect, Fred C. Foltz, Chicago. Exact site 
v and policy not given. 

Powhatan, O. — $60,000. Owners, Farrio & Diab, Moundsville, W. Va. 
Architect, Albert F. Dayton, Wheeling, W. Va. Exact site and policy not 
M-ariven. 

Washington, Ind. — $100,000. Fourth and Main streets. Owners, A. 
» Switow & Sons, Louisville. Architect, C^rl J. Epping, Ix>ulsville. 
*" Pictures. 



have "bee.i equally as insistent that 
same would t>e fought out to a 
finish. 

With the charges brought under 
a Democratic majority on the com- 
mission and carried over into the 
switch in control is evidence to 
those here who have closely fol- 
lowed the case that it was entirely 
due to Hawkins knowledge of tin- 
details of the proceedings that was 
responsible. 

This unexpected move on the 
part of the chief counsel of the 
commission leaves F. P. in an ex- 
ceptionally strong position in view 
of the re-openlng as the govern- 
ment's case ik w falls into the hands 
of Martin Morrison, appointed trial 
oMifi.vl of the commission on J.ia 
1 last, and Adrian !•'. Kusiek, who 
has been assigned to the case whik 
his previous activities have been in 
handling the appellate work of the 
business controling commission oi 
the government. 

When questioned today by a 
Variety reporter, Mr. Hawkins, be- 
yond stating that he had been re- 
lieved from the case, would no- 
discuss or express an opinion a<* t > 
cause for that removal. 



Past," which Penjamln (Jlaser is 
adapting for M-G-M. Clarence 
llrown will direct. 



Reed Howes, screen actor, ex- 
pects to remake a college ll!m that 
he produced in 1922. It \va:i called 
"Hi^h Speed Lee," and Harvard 
men played the leads. Howes is a 
Harvard graduate. 



I. on Chanev, Lois Moran, Owen 
Moore, Henry li. Walthall, Kaml- 
vama Sojin and John (Irwrgo an 
included in the cast of 'The Road 
to Mandalay," whii-h Tod Drown- 
ing is directing for M-G-M. 



IN AND OUT 

LeMaiiv and Phillips out of Hill- 
street. Los Angeles, this week. 
George I.eMaire is suffering from 
siwra! carbuncles on his neck. 
e!u i h \» in replaced. 

Dunny Povno and Hal Leonard 
forced to cancel a Pantages tour 
alter th< ir Los Angeles engagement 
last week, during which Miss lio>iie 
eonti'acted an infection in her eve. 



Kenneth Thomson, stage Uadin.: 
man. is sigiud by ('cell It. 1 >e Milli- 
on a long term contract. His first 
r-.!-- will be oppo.s.te Wr.i KeynoM.-. 
in Kisky Ltisincss." 



Fastest Act in Vaudeville 

WEN TALBERT 

: id hi* (Thttrolnte Fl^nd* 
Now llt-adlininjc rantMCM t'lrralt 
1I VM» l» \M Kits MNGKRS 




Michigan Vaudeville 

Managers' Association Ltd. 

CHARLIE MACK. Gen. Manager 

233 John R 8L 
PETBOIT. MICH. 

Booking Acts Direct 



F. P. AND FED'L TRADE 



(Continued from page 5) 

claim of those involved that the 
proceedings would not go ahead 
at the time of the original com- 
plaint with Hawkina reported to 



ACKERMAN & HARRIS 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE8: 

THIRD FLOOR, PHELAN BLDG. 

MARKET, QRANT and O'FARRELL 8TREETS 8AN FRANCISCO 

ELLA HERBERT WESTON, Booking Manager 

LOS ANGELBB- «lf CONSOLIDATED BLDG. 



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Ringing in Hays 

Variety last week under a Wash- 
ington date line carried a stor; 
mentioning Will Hays in connection 
with the Federal Trade Commis- 
sion's action against Famous IMay 
ers-Lasky. That story referred 
only to the opinion of the Democrat 
in Washington if the Republican 
as represented on the Commissim. 
should let loose of the F. P. in 
vestigation. 

The despatch above fails to mak 
any junctive between the relief of 
Mr. Hawkins as counsel in the IV 
P. action, arid Hays. 

Klek Ludvig. general counsel for 
Famous Players, is here today in con- 
sultation with the Federal Trade 
Commission regarding the filing a 
bill of exceptions to the findings of 
the commission which is required to 
reopen the case against the motion 
picture company. 



Marcus Loew 

BOOK1NGACENCY 

General Executive Offices, 

LOEW BUILDING 

AN N EX 



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WEST COAST STUDIOS 

(Continued from page 16) 

lng made by F.-P.-L. with Pol* 
Negri. 



John Gilbert and Great Garbc 
will play the leads in "The Undying 




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—NEW YORK CITY 



J. H. LUBIN 



GENERAL MANAGER 



MARVIN H. SCHENCK 

BOOKING MANAGER 



CHICAGO OFFICE 

604 WOODS THEATRE B'LD'G 

JOHNNY JONES 

IN CHARGE 




EXTRACTS FROM THE LONDON PRESS 



"Robert Chilholm's singing (in 
French) of 'Lie Reve Passe.' in the 
Folios Bergere revue at the Palla- 
dium Is a triumphant success, and 
all London Is talking about it. Pos- 
sessed of a beautiful voice and a 
handsome presence, this young 
tenor Is the finest singer that has 
ever appeared at the Palladium. 
His enunciation Is so clear and his 
vocalization perfect; he is a great 
artist whom London is beginning to 
be proud of."— WESTMINSTER 
CHRONICLE." 



"That fine singer, Rooert Chisholm, 
brings along a 'Le Reve Passe' 
scena similar to that with which he 
scored so successfully in the recent 
Palladium revue, and makes a 
strong impression with IL"— "THE 
STAGE." 



" ... Mr. Robert Chilholm's 
quite brilliant singing of 'Le Reve 
Passe,' in which, as a soldier in the 
army of Napoleon, he quite brought 
down the house." — BEVERLEY 
NICHOLLS ("Weekly Dispatch"). 



TENOR 8AVE8 A REVUE 

"A young English tenor named Rob- 
ert Chisholm created a genuine 
sensation ai this theatre (Palla- 
dium) last night with his singing of 
•Le Reve Passe.' His superb voice 
and dramatic delivery triumphed." 
—BASIL MacOONALD HASTINGS 
("Daily Expreet"). 



"Robert Chisholm sang 'Le Reve 
Passe' as a finale . . . and he 
certainly achieved a remarkable 
success." — "MORNING POST." 



"A surprising feature wm the pres- 
ence of Robert Chisholm, who sans; 
so well in a particularly elaborate 
setting that for a few minutes one 
might have been in an opera house. 
He sang *Le Reve Passe' . . . 
with fine effect and with aa ad- 
mirably trained voice. This num- 
ber was the finale to the first half 
and brought the audience to their 
feet."— H. C. H. (The 8tar"). 



"The hit of the evening waa the 
singing of 'Le Reve Passe,' as part 
of a set of Napoleonic pictures, by 
Robert Chisholm. He gave It with 
a dramatic Intensity and a bril- 
liancy of voice that were quite 
French." — "REYNOLD8 NEWS." 



"Robert Chlaholm's robustious sing- 
ing in French of 'Le Reve Fasse' 
rousing the Immense audience to an 
orgy of delighted enthusiasm." — 
"THE WESTMIN8TER GAZETTE." 



"The hit of the evening was Robert 
Chisholm, who received an amazing 
reception after his fine singing in 
'Le Reve Passe'." — "THE DAILY 
GRAPHIC." 



"Mr. Robert Chisholm Is a real hit 
in Le Reve Passe'."— "DAILY TEL- 
EGRAPH." 



"Robert Chisholm made the hit of 
the evening." — "SUNDAY EX- 
PRESS." 



"Robert Chisholm, the tenor, was an 
instantaneous success." — "THE 
NEWS OF THE WORLD." 




"Robert Chisholm, with a patrlotle 
song In French, sung with fine dra- 
matic sense and verve, roused the 
house to enthusiasm as no one else 
did." — A. E. M. ("Evening News"). 



"Robert Chisholm has definitely 
taken his place In the front rank 
with his stirring song, *Le Reve 
Passe." — THE WE8TMIN8TER 
"GAZETTE." 



"Robert Chisholm brought down the 
house with his impassioned render- 
ing of 'L* Reve Par .9 '- "THE 
REFEREE " 



"... Mr. Robert Chisholm had 

sung 'Le Reve Passe' more than 

magnificently . . ." 

— JAMES AGATE. 



the most successful of 
these Is a song-scena in which Mr. 
Robert Chisholm brings down the 
house." — "TRUTH." 



"It is nice to listen to— when Rob- 
ert Chlaholm is singing. What a 
fine vocalist and actor he is." — 
"THE PEOPLE." 



"Mr. Robert Chisholm, whose tenor 
voice Is certainly a credit to his 
conn try." — "LADIES FIELD." 



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VARIETY 

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VAUDEVILLE 



INSIDE STUFF ON PICTURES 



(Continued from page 10) 
the convention meet tiers were not open to the trade press a Variety 
reporter pot into the room aeridentally as the convention was about to 
adjourn. 

Marcus Loew made the final address and they cheered him to the 
faretheewell. Previously Louis Mayer had talked for two hours. He 
pot right to the boys and they admitted It. A long wire from William 
R. Hearst was a bearcat as a boost for M.-O.-M. and Its people. 

An unusual thing about the M.-U.-M.'s Is that one appears to blame 
pood results upon another. The reporter listened In on a couple of 
these blamer.s and asked an executive about it. He replied: 

"That'* -the -Kroatest J.h*«K -about our organization— toam work. No 
onr Is looking for credit, no one tries to steal credit. We all work to- 
['('lli'T am! that means result. I remember one instance where the credit 
was blamed upon five different fellows down the lino as I tried to pet 
to the source of a particularly pood move. Then I prow tired of asklnp 
but I was tickled to death over that kind of a spirit." 

M.-O.-M. has had a preat season: others in the trade also know it. 
And they claim that it was not accidental; that M.-O.-M. will repeat. 
"It's not luck," said one of the big men of the company, "it's organiza- 
tion backed by experience." 



Sidney I,ust. owner of four downtown "prind" houses in Washington, 
D. C. has turned his Leader theatre on 9th street into a "smoke house," 
without music. Patrons can smoke. Lust made the switch due to an 
altercation with the local musicians' union, which insisted that he use 
two union piano players on threat of pullinp out his operator. Lust 
retaliated by cutting out the music and claims his business has since 
increased. 

The Virplnia on 9th street is the first house to follow the Leader in 
Its new policy. Lust, who owns the Leader, Hippodrome, Elite and 
Grand, all "prind" houses, says the use of two union piano players at 
the regular scale would increase the overhead of his house, which has 
300 seats and a 10c: admission, wiping out his profit. Ho contends that 
if the union succeeds in its present drive it will force the majority of 
small house owners out of business. 

The present non-union rate for piano players is $20 per week. The 
union players draw $47 per week more for this type of house for the 
Bame time. 

It is said the union is now on tho trail of other 9th street exhibitors 
who furnish music for their shows with mechanical pianos. Due to the 
labor involved in changing rolls they require a union man on the job. 
The possibilities are the other "grind" houses will follow Lust's lead by 
letting the films flicker without the usual musical accompaniment. 



Some picture directors are more tempermental than stars. One di- 
rector is making a picture at a studio in Hollywood. He was recently 
on a stage where another company was working, insisted that the other 
company do no labor while he was directing a scene. This director felt 
that any noise, such as the playing of music, talking or hammering, in- 
terfered with his work. A plan was worked out whereby a signal would 
-*be given from his part of the stage by the ringing of a bell announcing 
he was ready to "shoot." When the bell rang all work on the other 
set stopped with the tempermental director shooting his scene. Com- 
pleted, the bell rang twice, announcing the other company could go 
ahead and also that the carpenters could work. When the other com- 
pany finished, they of course, showed the director the courtesy by 
signaling with a bell. The result naturally was perfect harmony on 
that stage and no friction, only the extra cost of the temporary sus- 
pensions. 



North American Theatres, Inc., of which Harry Arthur is general 
manager on the coast, is not pleased with the business the new houses 
they control through their subsiduaries are doing in northern and 
southern California. 

In northern California, they have two houses, both new, Campus, 
Berkeley, and Wilson, Fresno. It Is said business in both these houses 
has been light since they opened and the company operating them has 
been trying to figure out a way to protect itself. They have a similar 
situation in Pasadena with the Bard theatre, operated through a dif- 
ferent corporation than the northern one. The southern one is under 
the banner of Far West Theatre, Inc. 

It is said that through the instructions of Frank C. Wilson of the 
Motion Picture Capital Corporation, who is financing the North American 
Theatres, Inc., that Arthur called on Abe Gere, of West Coast and made 
various propositions whereby West Coast take over these houses on a 
percentage basis and operate them. The matter was taken under ad- 
visement. 

Among those in the know, much surprise was expressed at this move 
on the part of Arthur, who about a year ago left West Coast. 



"SUNDAY" INR.L 

(Continued from page 17) 

most of the residents of "Little 
Hhody" peek the amusements at the 
shore • resorts. Sunday's crowds 
were attributed merely to the "nov- 
elty" of the situation, for most of 
Khodo Island's blue laws date back 
to the era when the colony was first 
established. 

Under the existing rules providing 
for Sunday movies, the legislators 
have stipulated that the programs 
shall be of an "educational" or "dig- 
nified" nature. The new Sunday 
movie bill has the approval of most 
of the churches and in the fight for 
the removal of the theatre ban, 
many preachers were prominent on 
the side for Sunday shows. The 
theatres ran continuous shows from 
3 t o 11. 

Sunday movies were a novelty *n 
Providence alone.* Other cities and 
towns of the state have run Sunday 
shows, usually consisting of two 
evening performances, and billed 
under "concerts," for several months 
past. Under the ban, "concerts" 
were permlssable. An example of 
the Sunday concert, as run in the 
Keith theatre in WoonsocHet re- 
cently consisted of five vaudeville 
turns and two sex pictures. 

Similar programs were billed in 
nearly every other theatre of the 
state with the exception of those in 
Providence, where the law was 
rigidly enforced. As an example of 
the manner in which the anti-Sun- 
day movie law was enforced an 
Arctic explorer was scheduled to 
give a benefit lecture. This was 
deemed satisfactory as under the 
heading "concert" or "educational." 
But when it was announced that 
movies were to be used to Illustrate 
the lecture, the police stepped in 
and forbade the fulfillment of the 
program unless no admission was to 
be charged. 

Sunday Bills 

Moving picture operators wel- 
comed the introduction of Sunday 
movies, as most of them worked a 
seven day week In any case, some 
15 or 20 operators being kept busy 
on Sundays at the churches. 

Providence picture programs 
shown Sunday advertised as "se- 
lected, educational, entertaining 
films" were: 

Victory: "The Exquisite Sinner" 
with Renee Adoree and Conrad Na- 



gel; "Lazybones" with Madge Bel- 
lamy and Buck Jones 

Liberty: "Hit and Run" with 
Hoot Gibson. 

Rialto: "The Night Cry" with 
Rin-Tin-TIn; "Oh, What a Nurse" 
with Syd Chaplin. 

Emery: "The Earth Woman" 
with Mary Alden, Prlscilla Bonner 
and Johnnie Walker; a Mrs. Wal- 
lace Reld production; turns. 



Albeej "Brown of Harvard" and 
turns. 

"Strand: "The Dancer of Paris"* 
"Clothes Make the Pirate" with 
Leon Erroll and Dorothy Gish. 

Majestic: "The Blind Goddess"* 
"Hearts and Spangles." ' 

Fay's Theatre billed a benefit con- 
cert for the Irish Sisters of Mercy 
with Ft. F. J. O Donohoe as singer 
and Sean Nolan, pianist. 



GLENN C. BURT 

Booking Manager for the Keith-AJbee Western Circuit for the pa«t 

thirteen years 

WISHES TO ANNOUNCE 

THAT HE IS NOW BOOKING HIS 

OWN THEATRES 

and is in a position to give his PERSONAL 
ATTENTION AND KNOWLEDGE TO THE 
BOOKINGS OF A FEW MORE HIGH-CLASS 
THEATRES PLAYING VAUDEVILLE HEAD- 
LINERS AND ATTRACTIONS 

MANAGERS— WklTE OR WIRE ME 

WILL CALL ON YOU PERSONALLY 

STANDARD ACTS— WRITE OR WIRE 
CAN GIVE YOU TEN WEEK 

CONTRACT # 

PHONE— STATE 7210 

Suite 705, Woods Theatre Bldg. 
CHICAGO, ILL. 



Lewis Hamilton, Juvenile, has left the legit for pictures. He will be 
known on the screen as Lewis Hall, through so many Hamlltons now 
getting picture type. 



Fattest Act in Vaudeville 

WEN T ALBERT 

and him GhoooUto Fiend* 
Now Headllnta* r»ntarrii Circuit 

BAND DANCERS BINDERS 



JTNEMAJTS 'FOREVER AFTER' 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
First National has made arrange- 
ments to produce "Forever After," a 
B. F. Fineman production, at the 
Metropolitan studios, beginning 
there May 6. Hnrman Weightman 
will direet. 



KITTY DONER 

With JACK CARROLL at the Piano 



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20 MINUTES IN PARIS" 



THIS WEEK (May 3) 

B. F. Keith's PALACE, New York 

Direction HARRY WEBER 





JUST RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA, AFTER A FOUR MONTHS' SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF THE WILLIAMSON 

ENTERPRISES. 

THANKS TO MR. JACK MUSGROVE AND HAROLD BOWDEN. 
HOPE TO RETURN AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL TIME. 

THIS WEEK (MAY 3), GRAND RIVERIA, DETROIT, MICH. 



Eastern Rep., ROSE & CURTIS 



Western Rep., JOHN BILLS BURY; Associate, LEW KANE 



Wednesday, May 5, 192* 



BURLESQUE 



VARIETY 



35 



CHURCH PEOPLE STRIKE 
AT BURLESQUE STOCK 

Fox & Krause's Called Vulgar 
and Indecent— Mayor 
Orders Investigation 



Milwaukee, May 4. 
Demand that the Gayety, Fox & 
jCrause house, which went Into sum- 
mtr burlesque "Stock last week, bo 
dosed by recalling ths license for 
the house, was made to Mayor Dan- 
• |ei W. Hoan by a % delegation of 
church men and women who made 
charges that the house was "detri- 
mental to the moral welfare of the 
city and a detriment to the young 
people." 

The demand followed an Inves- 
tigation by the church committees 
which brought front-page publicity. 
Members of the committee paid vis- 
its to the house on two occasions. 
Tbey jotted down lines and notes 
of actions of the people in the cast, 
banding all of their information to 
the mayor together with a charge 
that a prominent Milwaukee offi- 
cial was Interested financially or 
otherwise in the house. While the 
official's name was not made public, 
It was disclosed to the mayor. 

According to the report to the 
mayor the two leading women of 
the stock company were vulgar. It 
was charged that one of these wom- 
en went into the audience, clad in 
pink silk pajamas, and sat on men's 
laps, petting them and also engaged 
in Indecent actions with the men in 
the cast. It was charged that an- 
other lead woman conducted her- 
self indecently with the comedians, 
who were termed as filthy, vulvar, 
suggestive and Immoral. 

In answer to the complaint, the 
mayor said that ho realized that 
conditions in the burleHque houses 
were bad, but that beyond tem- 
porary* c loan- ups nothing had been 
done in the past. He demanded 
that the chief of police Investigate 
and report to him on what he found, 
suggesting a more stringent law if 
the present laws are not stiff 
enough. 

Police Found Nothing 

As a result two police censors 
were placed in the theatre the night 
of the complaint and reported that 
nothing immoral was found in the 
show. This report was augmented, 
however, by the moral committee 
of the churches, who also attended 
the performance and said that all of 
the objectionable material had been 
deleted following the announcement 
of their visit to the mayor. They 
said that buck dances had replaced 
the "cooch" and that the actors had 
covered their nakedness with tights. 

The show which drew the fire of 
the church people was headed by 
Chuck Wilson and Bennie Moore, 
comedians; Margie Pennetti and 
Je38ie MacDonald, soubrets. It was 
the first of the stock shows at the 
Gayety this season, and moved last 
Sunday to Minneapolis, while the 
Jack LaMont show came In to take 
Its place. 



Over-Burlesqued 

Syracuse, N. Y., May 4. 

The Savoy will have Mutual wheel 
productions next season, it Is under- 
stood here, although no definite an- 
nouncement has come from Morris 
Pitzer, who operates the theatre. 
The house for some weeks has been 
Playing a combination policy, using 
musical comedy tabs, booked as 
"burlesauf." and feature films. 
During the summer Fitzer is likely 
to Install stock burlesque. 

Syracuse may be burlesqued to 
•>ath next season. With the Mu- 
tual listed for the Savoy, the Colum- 
bia is said to be a certainty at the 
Temple. A third burlesque project 
w tentatively listed for the Alham- 
bra, now used as a roller skating 
«nk. LevinHky, Philadelphia pro- 
moter, has made an offer for tho 
Alhambra, after failing to secure tho 
Crescent. The Phlladelphian con- 
templates an independent stock 
house, it i« reported. 

HITCTJAL'S ANNUAL MEETING 

The annual meeting of the Mutual 
Burlesque Wheel will be held In 
June. Drawing of show routes will 
not occur until July. 

Savoy, Syracuse, on Mutual 

Syracuse, J*. Y., May 4. 
When the Savoy becomes a new 
Mutual link next season it will be 
nonaged by its owner. Maurice 

Fitzer. 

The house currently plavs mu- 
"''•»! tfibs and picture*. 



Fat Choristers 



It looks as though the Win- 
ter Garden's new production, 
"Temptations," produced by 
the Shuberts, will have a chor- 
us of fat women, of the Billy 
Watson type of years ago. 

The fat chorus lady scheme 
was recently revived by a nip,ht 
club, which used four of the 
hefty gals. From the avoirdu- 
pois around the Garden there 
will be a full lino In. the new 
show. 

It Is one staging bit the Shu- 
bets cannot claim they saw in 
Paris. 



Option— Sans Contract 



"Options" are much In burlesque 
language these days. With the sea- 
son winding up for both circuits, 
the usual question Is asked: 
"Where do you go next season?" 
and tho answer made by most of 
the principals is that "option" gag 
There may be changes in the fun- 
making forces of the Mutual next 
season, but most of the comics re- 
garded worthwhile were put under 
the "optlm" classification. 

Several ^nuri'ene aio under con- 
tract for next 8«ason and a raft of 
them are not. 



Unique, Extraordinary," 
Plea Is Dismissed 



Minneapolis, May 4. 

Kenneth Kemper is not "special, 
unique and extraordinary." His 
lawyer proved it and the McCall- 
Brldges stock burlesque company at 
the Palace lost in its efforts to keep 
Kemper from leaving. 

Kemper wan a member of a quar- 
tet. Ho received a better offer and 
gave his two weeks' notice. The 
Judge, after looking at Kemper and 
listening to his lawyer, Glenn B. 
Stiles, decided that the actor 
wasn't so indispensable as McCall- 
Bridgcs alleged. 



BURLESQUE ROUTES 



con 



III: 



>IA CIRCUIT 

May 10 

Flappers of 1925 — Columbia, New 
York. 

Lucky Sambo— Empire, Brooklyn. 
Rarin' to Go— Empire, Newark. 

MUTUAL CIRCUIT 

French Models— Garden, Buffalo. 
Happy Hours— Star. Brooklyn. 
Hey Ho— Gayety, Brooklyn. 
Moonlight Maids— Olympic, New 

8tolen Sweets— Empress, Cincin- 
nati. 

Whirl of Girls— Lyric, Newark. 
Whix Bang Revue— Trocadero, 
Philadelphia. 



Stock at McKinlcy Sq. 

The M. and S. Amusement Corp., 
which controls a number of picture 
houses throughout the city, ha* as- 
quired the McKinley square theatre, 
in the Bronx. It will Inaugurate- a 
summer burlesque stock policy 
next week. The tenancy is tenta- 
tively until Joseph Kessler again 
takes possession of the house in 
September for Yiddish attractions, 
but if the burlesque policy goes over 
It may be retained into next season. 



Fred McCloy's Edge 

Fred MrCloy. manager of the Co- 
lumbia, New York, claims an edge 
on nearly all of the old boys of 
Times square. 

Fred's daughter. Ruth, mad** him 
a grandfather last week, with thj 
arrival of a lusty boy. 

The mother is Mrs. Ilenry Cold- 
water, wife of the printer. 



TURNS FROM BURLESQUE 

Joe Wilton and Rex Weber have 
entered vaudeville in a two-act. 

Harry Steppe, also from burlesque, 
Is with Owen Martin, L»otta Pearce 
and Marty Ward. 

Charles Allen Is handling both 
turns. 



First Week Only Fair 

Minneapolis, May 4. 
Returns at the Gayety for the 
first week of stock burlesque were 
only fair. What gain was made 
was on the night a wrestling match 
was added. 



THE TEMPTERS 

(MUTUAL) 

Comedian Ed. Jontnn 

CN)me.ll«n Art MhvUpM 

J'riina Donna KMle Itavnor 

.Scuihret Vvnny ilillk'.tn 

Straight Hurtnn i"arr 

Juvenile Hud Hrewcr 

Ingenue Kuth $ti<>i>|>anl 

This Mutual opera projected by 
Williams and Jordan is up to Mu- 
tual standard from all angles. It 
is fast, hokey entertainment with 
Ed. Jordan, doing eccentric hophead 
of the Lew Kelly tchool, and Art 
Mayfleld doing hobo, carrying the 
comedy burden and working well 
throughout. Burton Carr, straight 
with, better than average singing 
voiee, and Bud Brewer, likeable 
dancing Juvenile, rounds out the 
male contingent. 

Strange as it may seem in a 
show that Is ostensibly framed for 
the ferns as its big selling feature 
the males not only carry the bur- 
den of the opera, but easily out- 
distance the ferns from a register- 
ing angle. The possible exception is 
Peggy Gllligan, soubret, who works 
hard in her numbers, both on the 
rostrum and runway, yet lacks that 
peppy sparkle that has been dis- 
played by contemporaries in other 
Mutual outfits. At that, Peg is the 
best of the lot. Elsie Raynor is a 
passable prima and Ruth Sheppard 
is Just another one of those in- 
genues. 

Were it not for the comics, espe- 
cially Jordan and his male assist- 
ants, the show would have had tough 
going. The routine bits allotted the 
comics were the usual burlesque 
familiars and nothing to brag about 
from a material standpoint, \ hich 
made it even a tougher set- ..p for 
the comics, but they managed to 
get most of it across for laughs. 
Jordan's hophead was a gem and a 
great build-up for "Cokel's Last 
Rave," a melodramatic bit planted 
well down in the first stanza that 
is sure fire for a burlesque audi- 
ence. The inevitable union suit 
number was handled in this one 
as a posing stunt with the comics 
provoking laughs through their fu- 
tilo efforts to fraternize with the 
posing girls. 

Most of the other skits In both 
parts have seen service in burleHque 
outfits of other vintage and are also 
being used by either Columbia or 
Mutual shows this season. Among 
these veterans was the "Breaking 
Into Jail" bit handled by Mayfleld, 
wherein the comic commits every- 
thing this side of murder to break 
in the hoosegow without avail until 
he unconsciously expectorates and 
is accommodated. 

The 16 chorines are probably the 
most variegated crew assembled, 
holding a few passable lookers and 
others that must have been picked 
in the dark. Their runway pranc- 
ing didn't evoke the usual enthusi- 
asm, save In one number, after 
which they seemed to have out- 
wiggled themselves for the rest of 
the evening. 

Despite these drawbacks "The 
Tempters" averages up as good en- 
tertainment for its type of show. 

Edba. 



COMMERCIAL RADIO 



(Continued from page 1) 

charge per week per hour of broad- 
casting each week as compared to 
a $7,500 Investment for a page in 
the "Satevepost" speaks for itself 
Tor comparison. 

Printer's Ink Vstue 

Advertising agencies on the other 
hand do not deprecate radio as an 
ad medium or fear its inroads on 
periodical circulation, claiming 
nothing can take the place of print- 
er's ink for a vital message and a 
vivid impression. 

This has precipitated a new con- 
dition in turn for a chain like the 
American Telephone & Telegraph's 
circuit with WEAF, New York, as 
the key station. It looks as if by 
next fall nothing but national hook- 
up accounts will be accepted. Ra- 
dio "time" Is pretty well book,- 1 up. 
Already an Instance of casing out 
a gratis entry In favor of a paid 
account has been noticed. With 
tho inauguraation of an exclusive 
national hook-up circuit, talent will 
perforce become considerably more 
in demand. 

All Year 'Round 

An indication of the advertisers' 
desire to maintain all year round 
radio representation may bo gath- 
ered from the following adver- 
tisers remaining on the air from 
WEAF through the summer where 
formerly they signed off for the 
hot spell. But radio, with Its port- 
able sets and its recommendations 
as a time killer and comfort pro- 
vider, has prompted big advertisers 
like these to stay on the air 
throughout the summer: Cold Dust 
Twins, Happiness Candy Boy?, 
Ipana Troubadours, Eveready Hour, 
Rhinola Merrymakers, A. & P. Gyp- 
sies, Blanche Elizabeth Wade, story 
teller for the G. R. Kinney Shoe 
Co., Goodrich Sllvertown Cord Or- 
chestra, Clicquot Club Eskimos and 
the Whittall Anglo-PerMans. 



LONDON AS IT LOOKS 



(Continued from page 2^ 
want an easy meeting place. Most of the members, who are quit* 

innocent, do not understand this. 

I have never been in tho club in my life; but I do know that, when 
the prost-iui ion was first announced, the wildest stories went round. 
There is no smoke without lire. 



Wanted — A Ltsding Msn 

When Batil Dean bought "Rain'' for Knglund he started rehearsals 
without a leading lady. Then, at last, he found Olga Lindo, who was 
under contract to himself, but whom he had forgotten. She did not 
repeat the STiccrsB of Jeanne K^gl^4n tl*«-slatea.- 

Now Dea has started to rehearse "They Knew What They Wanted,** 
only to Ih± faced with a doctor's certificate from Richard Bennett, say- 
ing that he cannot come to act his New York part; so Dean tried to 
find George Gaul, who was in London, or on his way, but without any 
address. 

When Dean found him yesterday, Gaul could not take on the part, 
being due to return for an American tour next month. So rehearsals 
are going on with poor Tallulah Bankhead — not having a play again yet, 
but making love speeches to a leading man who doesn't exist. 

The case of "Ruin," and this other play, gives you an Idea of how 
short of stars we are. 



Edns May Still a Bells 

It was amazing when, In the Savoy hotel, this week, I came across 
Edna May having supper with her mother, two sisters and brother-in- 
law, to remember that over 28 years had passed since she first ap- 
peared in London In "The Belle of New York." By a remarkable coinci- 
dence there were also feeding, In the same room, George McLellan, who 
brought the play to London, his wife, Madge Leasing, and his sister- 
in-law. Mrs. C. M. S. McLellan, widow of the fine fellow who wrote 
"The Belle." 

At McLellan's table, was James Oleason and his wife, very proud 
of his great success in "Is Zat So?" the continued popularity of which 
disproves the fact that there Is any anti-American feeling in England, 
never mind what the Shuberts think. 



Gulliver-Shubort Nontens* 

You can dismiss, by the way, all that hull nonsense about Charles 
Gulliver going to New York to buy the Shuberts out, this although an 
official statement was issued from the Gulliver offices saying so, the day 
after he sailed. 

William Cooper, who represents the share holders In the Gaunt- 
Shubert enterprise, tells me that, if the Shuberts want to sell, they 
must first offer their shares to Gaunt and himself. 

Not many months ago the Palladium, which Gulliver controls, was 
in the market. The real man who buys theatres in England Is A. E. 
Abrahams, who. starting life as a bill-poster In East London, 30 years 
ago, has now added the New Oxford to his collection of valuable theatre 
properties. He seldom appears himself In the public eye. 

When Leo Shubert arrives in England, the first week In May, some- 
thing may happen; but "Gulliver's Travels" is the name of a work of 
fiction. 



Another British Fiasco 

There was a big row on the first night of "Riki Tiki," with music 
from Central Europe, but with an English book and an English com- 
pany, except that the leading woman is an Australian. A young 
Dutchman, who is said to be worth over a million dollars, found the 

money. 

Tho climax came when the last act consisted chiefly of an elaborate 
sneer at Trade Unions which were called "frayed onions" In a song. 
As the Rt. Hon. Tom Shaw, a member of the late Socialist Government, 
sat In the stalls, and as nearly all the people in the pit and gallery 
are members of trade unions, I do not wonder that a play, for which a 
rich Dutchman's money was used to insult English working men was not 
received with enthusiasm, except of the hostile kind. 

They said that the row was organized. Certainly the play wasn't. 

When you went in the theatre, or the first night, they gave away 
a sort of Jade mascot for luck. It seems very cynical, looking at It 
now.-* Mine reminds me of Ethel Levey. 

I am sorry for Leslie Stiles, who produced it. Among bis many dis- 
asters, since the war, was his being stranded on your side when "Sweet 
Lavender" failed In Boston. The burning of his wife to death, in front 
of his eyes, and his father's death, on the eve of the "Rlki-Tiki" produc- 
tion, were other sad Incidents In a long fight to re-establish himself. 



Colombia Wheel's Meeting 
To Ratify Altered Policy 



The regular monthly meeting of 
the Columbia Amusement Co. will 
he held tomorrow (Thursday), at 
which time action will be taken on 
the dropping and revocation of the 
franchises of 11 of last season's 
producers. 

Plans for the Installation of the 
new Columbia policy of mlx^d 
shows for next season will be per- 
fected at the saint time. 

Lew Talbot will operate three 
i»hows on the Columbia next sea- 
son. In addition to "Wine, Woman 
and Song," his regular burlesque 
show, he will also have "White 
Cargo" and "The Gorilla." the two 
legit dramatic plays which will be 
experimented with. 

The 11 vacancies will be filled by 
outside attractions, musical come- 
<li»s and farces. 



EBONY FOLLIES" CONTINUE 

S. H. Dudley's "Ebony Follies." 
routed by Columbia Burlesque at 
practically the fag end of the sea- 
son, presages that Dudley may op- 
erate the colored show over the Co- 
lumbia next season or routine a 
new one. 

The pier* started out as a straight 
road attraction. After some on*»- 
night dates it swung over to the 
Columbia. 

Howard end Smith Doing "7-11" 

Garland Howard and "Speedy" 
Smith will write the hook for the 
new edition of Horiig # Seamon's 
"Seven- Klevw)" lunibia) show 

ne>: S: -a MO 11. 



"Lucky Sambo" Is 
Columbia's Summer Rod 



Hurtig St Seamon's "Lucky 
Sambo" will get the summer run 
at the Columbia, New York follow- 
ing the season's closing of the 
house. The house will remain dark 
five days, reopening Saturday night, 
May 22, with the summer show. 

According to current plans, 
"Sambo" is only booked at the 
house for two weeks, but the book- 
ing may be extended if business 
warrants. 



'BLACK AND TAN' DRIVE 



(Continued from page 1) 

placo, but he was unable to produce 
a lie. •nsp. to permit dancing. In 
court WIKiarns told the justices he 
had made application for a lieenfj 
a few days prior. He asserted the 
place was not used as an ordinary 
danee hall, but that guests, despite 
bis protests, insisted on dancing. 

Ju. ti. o Henry W. Herbert, Moses 
Ilerrman and William T. Fefherson 
prescribed the sentence, Justice 
Herbert saying: 

"l'laces of this character should 
be kept closed. We think that the 
manager of such a place should be 
sent to prison. In order to show 
others who are interested In such 
cafes that they cannot expect 
leniency when they come into this 
court. We also recommend that 
the police keep close watch on all 
t>ic«ie places." 



36 



VARIETY 



W«do»«day. If «y j, i m 



PRESENTATIONS-BILLS 



THIS WEEK (May 3) 
NEXT WEEK (May 10) 

Shows carrying numerals such as (10) or (11) indicate opening this 
week, on Sunday or Monday, as date may be. For next week (17) or (18), 
with split weeks also Indicated by dates. 

An asterisk (•) before name signifies act is new to city, do!ng>a new 
turn, reappearing after absence or appearing for first time. 
Initials listed aftor bouses for booking affiliation are: 



Pictures (Pc) 
Pantagss (P) 
Orpheum (O) 



Independent (In) 
Interstate (It) 
Bert Levey (BL) 



Keith's Western (KW) 
Loew's (L) 
Keith's (K) 
Association (WV) 

theatre, denotes house is 



Where no initials are used with name of 
without regular booking affiliation. 

Pictures include in classification picture policy with vaudeville or 
presentation as adjunct. Independent Includes those pop vaudeville 
(vaudeville and pictures) theatres affiliated with no general booking office. 

+ 



>EW YOKK CITY 
American (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Three Woosters 
Amorot A Jeanette 
Tell Tales 
Cooper A Rorman 
Valentine Vox Co 
Bobby Randall 
(Two to till) 

2d half (13-1G) 
Rinchiirt & Good 
Billy Elliott 
Harmonla 
Jerome A Ryan 
Bison City 4 
4 Phillips 
(Two to fill) 

Avenue B (L) 

lat half (10-12) 
Ethel Marine Co 
Fenwlck Sis 
Billy Hall Co 
Wm Edmunds Co 
(One to fill) 

2d half (13-16) 
t McKennus 
Russe'.l A Hayes 
Smith A Hart Co 
Cooper a Bermaa 
Allyn Mann Co 

Boulevard (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Van liorn & Ines 
Flanders & Butler 
Thornton A Squires 
M A A Clark 
Girlie Revels 

Se} half (13-11) 
Gaines Bros 
3 Keenc 81s 
Bence A Bewley 
Mnson * Gwynne 
Primrose S'mon Co 

Broadway (K) (t) 

Joe Marks 
Funnan A Evans 
Irmanctte 

Del Ortes • 
Kerr A Weston R 
Sevan A Flint 
The Teat 

Capitol (Pe) (t) 

Marjorie Harcum 
Doris Nlles 
Tralnor Bros 
"Brown of Harv'd" 

Coliseum (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Dillon ft Parker 
Wells Va ft West 
(Others to fill) 

Demacey St. (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Rinehart ft Good 
Matty Norman 
Clifton ft Kramer 
Bell ft Naplea 
Maria Sabbott Co 
(One to All) 

2d half (13-11) 
S Woostera 
Farrell A Chadwlck 
Great Maurice 
Matthews A Ayres 
Danceland 

81st St. (K) (3) 

Meehan'a Dogs 

Led ova 
Joe Boganny 
Fleea'n A Gr'nw'y 
Johnny Murphy 

6th Ave., (K) 

M half (C-9) 
Wil y Sharpies Co 



2d half (13-10) 
Fcnner & Charland 
4 Shakers 
Arthur Ashley Co 
Win Eba 
Rl-Shavee 
(One to nil) 

Hippodrome (K) 

(3) 
Oxford 3 
Delro 

LJobby McLean 
Benjamin & Rose 
fiknn & Jenkins 
Hi | lialligan 
lthea A Santoro 
Robinsons' Eleph'ts 
Dare A Wnhl 
Jack Dclaney 
(Jaston Palmer 
A Rasch Girls 

(10) 
Paul Kirk and 
Bezasian A White 
Robinson's Eleph'ts 
Craig Campbell 
Seed A Austin 
(Othrrs to All) 

Jefferson (K) 

td half (6-t) 

Jim Thornton 
Spencer A WTrai 
Bozo Snyder Co 
(Others to nil) 

Llaroln Sq. (L) 

1st half (10-13) 
Depford I 
Rosa A Edwards 
Force A Williams 
Wm Eba 
Shoe Box Rev 

2d half M3-16) 
Fenwlck Sis 
Vox A Talbot 
Mardo A Wynn 
Sylvester Fara 
(One to nil) 

National (L> 

lat half (10-12) 
JVi Arleys 
Elsie White 
Calvin A O'Connor 
Bob Larry's Ent 
(One to nil) 

2d half (11-14) 
Dopford 3 
Peggy Brooks 
Stanley A Qulnette 
Bell A Naplea 
Marie Sabbott Co 

125th St. (K) 

2d half (6-t) 
Mitchell A Dar log 
Nlblo Spencer Co 
Senna A Dean 
Lee Mattlson Co 
Pcscl A Martini 
Johnson ft Mclnt'h 

Orpheass (!•) 

1st half (10-12) 
Bramlnos 
Mason ft Gwynne 
Trahan & Wallace 

Sylvester Fam 
(One to fill) 

2d half (13-10) 
Ambler Bros 
Dor Francesco Co 
Jack Conway Co 
Uobby Randall 
Kimball ft O Co 

ralace (K) (S) 

Willie Mauss 
The Lo Grohs 
('has Kins; Co 
Mr nnd Mrs J Barry 
Blossom Secley 



Lady Oden Pearse 
Evelyn Phillips 
(10) 

LeVan A Doris 
Senna A Dean 
Joe Drowning 
Charlotte Greenw'd 
Leo Dell 
MIgnon 
(Two to mi) 

Rlvoll (Pc) (S) 

Earl A Bell 
Lillian Glynn 
Robert Roberts 
Vivkn Holt 
TAJ Bell 
"Skinner's D Suit" 

Royal (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Dotaon 

Claudo A Marlon 
M Montgomery Co 
(Three to nil) 

State (L) (10) 

Lohso A Sterling 
Gordon A Rlcca 
Kerr A Weston Rev 
Lubln A Lowrle 
Let's Danco 
(One to nil) 



2d half (13-18) 
Johnny Clark Co 
Flanders A Butler 
Thornton A Squires 
Thornton A C'lcton 
Margo A Beth Co 



FAB ROCKAWAY 

Colamhta (■) 

Id hair (6-t) 
T J Ryan 
Deno RocheU Bd 
Lloyd Nevada 
Seed A Austin 
.(Two to (111) 

CHICAGO. ILL. 

Academy (WV) 

2d half (6-9) 

Mitchell A Nips 
Balabanow 6 
Mills A Dolly 

(Two to mi) 

America* (O) 

2d half (•-•) 

Old Army Game 
Morgan A Lake 

(Three to nil) 

Chicago (Pc) (») 

Kids in Kanuyland 

"The Barrier" 

Diverse? (O) 

2d half (6-9) 
Trlni ft Ensemble 
Lytlia Harris 
Oordon A Day 
Faber A Walea 
Broken Toys 

Knglrwood (O) 

2d half (6-9) 
1 The Lumars 



"Irene" 

Tower* (O) (t) 

Ray Huling 
Bobby McOood 
McKay ft Ardlne 
P Dobson Qirls 
Whirl 8yncopatlon 
Burns ft Burchill 
2d half (6-9) 
Dobson A Girls 
McKay A Ardlne 
Whirl of Sync 
Bobby McOood Co 
Burns A Burchill 

Uptown (Pc) (3) 

Fountain of Gold 
' Let s Get Mar d" 

AKRON, O. 

Keith's (S) 

Sheldon ft Daly 
Final Rehearsal 
Jean Rodlnl Co 
Venlta Gould 
Chae WilRon 
(10) 

Chas Wl son 
Pattl Moon- Co 
Frank Sinclair 
Dixie Hamilton 
Willie Hale A Bro 
(One to nil) 

ALBANY. N. T. 

Proctor's (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Billy Carmen 



Bobby Heath Rev 
A Dare 

Henry Regal Co 
Morley ft Angel 

Maryland (K) (t) 

Rrford's Olrla 
Larry otoutenberg 
Caatleton ft Mack 
Hayes Marsh ft H 

Jimmy 8a vo 
John ft B'dwln 81a 
Harr'gt'n ft Oreen 
Naughton ft Oold 
Caupollcan 

(10) 

Hackett ft Delmar 
Weaver Broa 
Louise Wright 
Walter Brower 
The Duponta 
Murdock ft Mayo 
F>orence Arnold 
Jerry A Grands 

New (Pc) (3) 

Dartram A Baxton 
•'For lleavon Sake" 

Rlvoll (Pc) (•) 

Warlng's Penns 
"Itrckleaa Lady" 

B'AVEB F*LS. PA. 
Regent (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Paramount 6 
(Others to fill) 



DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT ANY VAUDEVILLE AGENCY COULD 
MAINTAIN A REPUTATION AS ENVIABLE AS OURS, YEAR 
AFTER YEAR, WERE IT NOT THE RESULT OF REAL MERIT? 

THE FAtLY MARKUS VAUDEVILLE AGENCY 

1579 Broadway LACKAWANNA 7876 NEW YORK CITY 



Gate* (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Gaines Bros 

Dor Francesco Co 
.lack Conway Co 
Winehlll A Briscoe 
Harmonia 

2d half (13-16) 

Braminoa 

Kauffman A Lillian 
Elsie White 



PERSONNEL OF 

ALF T. PTON 

INCORPORATED 

JACK E. HORN 

Banda and Orchestras 

FRED B. MACK 

Booking Department 
H. 8. JOHN 

KRAFT and BARRINGT0N 

Picture Theatres 
THOft. EL DOROTHY 

JACKSON and DAHL 

Productions Dept. 
WILLIAM LARRY 

MACK and PUCK 

Vaudeville Dept. 
15*0 B'way. Phooe Bryaat 3017-3 



Brady R ft M'rray 
Sea America Pint 
Kgan ft Red Heads 

Harding (Pc) (t) 

Sparkles of '26 
Moore ft Freed 
Arthur Corey 
Elsie Wachta 
Frank Hamilton 
Wallle Jackson 
Ruth De Quincy 
Ben Paley Orch 
"Untamed Lady" 

Kedsle (WT) 

2d half (6-9) 

Keyo Namba 
Shapiro A O'Maltey 
Stanley ft Walters 
Hickey Broa 
Huling ft Seal 
Walman ft Deba 

Lincoln Hipp (WV) 

td half (6-t) 
Kerr ft Ensign 
Hart Rev 
Al K Hall Co 
Kennedy A Nelson 
<One to OH) 



MARK J. LEDDY 

WALKS OUT 

of the L0EW OrFICS 

Saturday. May 1st. 1920. with 

(4) ROUTES (4) 
WHO'S NEXT? 

226 Wost 47th St., Suite 01 



Harry Rose 
(Others to nil) 

CKth St. (K) 

2d half (C-9) 
Tojja 

Clifton A Bent 
Dooley & S.»lcs 
John Barton 
Gilbert A May 
(One to Mil) 

' Fordham (K) 

2d ha'f (6-9) 
Clark Moroll 
4 Aces A Queen 
Will Mahoney 
Frank A Townea 
(Two to All) 

Frasdclln (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
R Ciasper Boys 
Great Nicola 
Eddie Nelson 
Harmon ft Sana 
(Two to All) 

Greeley Sq. (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Johnny Clark Co 
Farrell ft Chadwlck 
Stanley ft QoinetU 
Great Maurice 
Mardo ft Wynn 
Carson ft Kane Rev 



Kitty Potior 
Charlotte Greenw'd 
Jack N'orworth 
Lottlo At horton 
(10) 

llayon .Marsh A H 
I,a K rcmolina Bros 
Horry !I'>]mea 
\VIII!.imn * Keane 
(Others to All) 

Regent (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Benson A Green 
Senator Murphy 
Holland Barry Co 
Zcmater A Devon 
(Two to fill) 

Rlalto (Po> <t) 

Del Castillo 
Drena Beach 
Karl Carpenter 
Paul Conlan 
Melody 6 

"For Heaven Sake" 

Riverside (■) <«) 

Homer Romalne 

Joe Darcy 

Larh ft Mercedes 

General Pisa no 

Kemper ft Bayard 

Jeannle 

Seabury A Irving 
Belle Baker 



Strand (Pe) (S) 

Geo Lyons 
Kendall Cappa 

Pauline Mi ler 
John Qutnlan 
Mile Klemova 
M Daks 
"Greater Glory" 

Victoria <L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Fcnnor A Charland 
Kauffman A I,lllian 

Thorton & Carleton 
Ouarin ft Murg Rev 
(One to nil) 

2d half (19-16) 
V>\n Horn A Tn»»a 
Ross A Edwards 
Olrlip Hovels 
Truhun & Wallace 
(One to till) 

BROOKLYN. N. Y. 

A I bee (K) (3) 

Rt mo's Midgets 
F orence Stern 
Stanley A Sawyer 
Foklno Ballet 
The Ivrmonds 
Mary Haynes 
Clifford A Marion 
I. oo Hill 
P Kirkland Co 
(10) 

Mr A Mrs J Barry 
Chevalier Bros 
J rip Marks 
(ilrnn t<i .Knklns 
Hf.'inoy & i;<>nt 
Sylvia Clark 
(Two to till) 

Behhwl.k (K) (S) 

Tji.It-iy A Rogers 
Merlin 
Solly Beers 
Bill Robinson 
I) Apollon Co 
Hock A Blossom 
Sylvia Clark 
Odlva 

(19) 
Chas Chase 
Joan La Crosse 
CiiBtleton ft 
(Others to fill) 

Flatbueh (K) (I) 

Kellers ft Lyneh 

M Fuller Co 

M Livingston Co 

Wordon Bros 

Fulton (L) 

1st half (10-11) 
Ambler Bros 
Peggy Brooks 
Al'man ft May 
Matthews A Ayres 
(One to fill) 



Outran ft Marg Rev 
(One to All) 

Greeapolnt <K) 

2d half (6-t) 

Ahearn A Lawrence 
T Linton Follies 
(Others to All) 

Metropolitan (L) 

(10) 
B A L Gllette 
Healy A Granella 
Primrose 4 
Seminary Scandals 
McGrath A Deeds 
Magley Rev 

Orphentn (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
P Inching Co 
Cold Diggers 
Alexander Girls R 
Lander Bros 
Northlanr A Ward 
(One to All) 

Pnlnce (L) 

1st half (10-11) 
La Fantasy 
Calm tt Cale 
YnU'H X- <':irson 
Chuin A Dronsqu 
Paul Jaeobgon 

2d half (13-16) 
Ku.luck S!s 
Snyder & McC 
Bll y Hall Co 
Mrltne A Mott 
Broadway Whirl 

Troapecfi (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Healy A Cross 



<re) (t) 

Covaa ft Raffln 
Jason ft Harrington 
Haaei Oreen 

Geo Olvot 

H Gendron Orch 

North Center (P) 

The Ralstons 

Hall A Wilbur 
Mitzl ft Dancera 
Lane ft Harper 
X Whirlwinds 

Palaee (O) (t) 

Anna Fltzue 
Juggling Nelsons 
Mile A Codee 
Ernest Ball 
Roger Williams 
Bud 8nyder Co 
Shore ft Squlro 
Berkes ft Terry 

Rlalto (L) (It) 

McDonald t 
Zelda Santley 
Rich ft Cherle 
Bobby O'Neill Co 
Frank D'Amore Co 
Oualano ft Marg 
Jerome Merrick Co 

Bivlera (O) (S) 

TAB Healy 
Mascagno Ballet 
Biliou s Bd 
The Hassana 

Afterpiece 
(Others to fill) 

Senate (Pc) (3) 

Play Ball 

Delano Dell 
Dexter Sis 
Hoy Delthrlch 
Art Kahn Orch 
Untamed Lady** 

Mate Lake (O) (t) 

Powers Elephants 
Conlin A Glasa 
Jean Boydell 
Doc Baker Rev 
Murray A Alan 
V de Valde Tr 
Allen A Norman 
Harry Broen 
Maxwell Fle.ds Co 
(9) 

Went on ft Kline 
Bnnign A I Moore 
Billy House 



Singer's Midgets 
BAM Ernie 
East A Dumke 
(One to All) 

ALLENTOWN, PA. 

Colonial (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Frank Reckless Co 
L Maaaart Boys 
Ray A Ackera 
Bison City 4 
Paul Rahn 

ALTOONA. PA. 

Mtshler (K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Jean ft Claire 
Tyler Maaon 
Kandy Krooks 



D'GH MTON, N. T. 
Blnghomton (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Raymond Pike 
D Bush Band 
Woods ft Lawrence 
BAB Wheeler 
A mac 

B'RM'(iHAH, ALA. 

Bijou (L) (10) 

Kath Sinclair Co 
Taylor A Lake 
Jas C Morton 
Browning A Br* ken 
Higgle ft Girls 

Lyric (K) (10) 

Masked Athlete 



Noweot 8pring Styles in 8UIT8 and 
TOP COATS Now on Display 



BEN ROCK 



1 



1632 B'way, at 60th St- N. Y. City 



Th# Zleglem 
Wallace ft Hay 



O. 



ASHTABULA. 

PaJaoe <K) 

Id hair (6-9) 

Kenny ft Tate 
Murphy Broa 
Kara 

Brcme ft Frits 
(One to All) 

ASHEV1LLE. N. C. 
Flaw (K) 
Id half (6-9) 
A Lee Co 

Hayzne Gehrue Co 
J Morton Co 
Mel Craig 
Stuart 81a 

ATLANTA, OA. 
Forsyth* <K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Will Morris 
Bmplre Comedy 4 
O Alexander Co 
Stacey ft Jamea 
Nonette 

lat half (19-12) 
(Montgomery split) 
Albert Lea 
Mel Craig 
Stuart Sla 
Jack Norton 
(One to All) 

2d half (11-16) 

B Cak*r Co 
Art Impressions 
Pauline Saxon 
Toxns Com 4 
(One to fill) 

Howard (Pe) (8) 

Bughouse Cabaret 
••Tlfljl's My Baby" 

Metropolitan (Pe) 

(S) 

Brltt Wood 

Strand (L) (10) 

2 Blanks 

Jack Houfich Co 
Ben Marks Co 
Wills A Bobbins 
Little Jim 



Suburban Nights 
Leo Beers 

Pantheon 
Romalne A Castle 

B'L'GH'M, WASH. 
(Americas (P) 

1st half (10-12) 
(Everett apllt) 
Cliff Jordan 
Maroell Sis 
Finely Hill t 
Dancing Some 
Bert Gordon 
4 Caatlng Stars 

BLUIPIJ), W.VA. 

t^oloalal <K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Bill ft Oenevtere 
Variety 6 
Cooper ft Kennedy 
Iris Greene 
Donovan ft 



BL'MINGT'N, 1ND. 

Harris Grand (KW) 

2d half (11-16) 
Chrissle ft Daley 
Hall ft O'Brien 



Mark ft LaRue 
I Australian Boys 
Danny Dugan Co 
Nasimova 
Bva Clark 
MUler ft Marlla 
Chas Chase 
Brown ft Whlt'ker 
(10) 

Frances ft Frank 
Block ft Dunlop 
Marie Dreaaler 
Jack Norworth 
Viola Sylvia 
Burns ft Foraa 
Edwin Oeorge 
(One to All) 

Orpheum (L) (10) 

Bits Kennedy Co 
Briscoe A Rauh 
Sandy Shaw 
Walter Fehl Co 
(On? to All) 

St. James (K) (3) 

Cam 11 A Rtmont 
Jeans Dolls 
Foley Fam 
Ashley A Sharps 



State (Pc) 

Bridal Veil 
' Sou Beast" 



(3) 



BRADFORD, PA. 

Bradford (K) 

2d halt (6-9) 
Aus Wultee 
G Darling Rot 
Dolly Duraplin 
Kenny ft Hollla 
(One to All) 

BRANDON. CAN. 

Pantagee (10- It) 

(Same bill plays 
Moosejaw 12-14. 
Rcgina 16-16) 
Aussie A Czech 
Melva Sis 
Just Type Co 
Ben Smith 
Mazettc Lewis Co 

BRIDGEPORT. CT. 

Palaee (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Stroud 2 

Rhyme A Reason 
C Schonck A Bon 
Wilton Sla 
Fisher A Hurst 

Poll (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
9 Rcddlngtons 
Texas Chicka 
\Va ter Fenner Co 
3 Cheors 
Cotter ft Bolden 

BROCKT'N, MASS. 

Brocktoa (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
C ft L Gcrad 
Dandy ft Marie 
J C Mack Co 
Harv'd Wlnlf'd ft B 
(One to All) 

BUFFALO. N. T. 

Buffalo (Pc) (t) 

Van ft 8chenck 
Bird Fantasy 
"Infatuation" 
(10) 

"Let's Get M'rrled" 

Lafayette Sq. (Pc) 
(2) 

Jack Kneeland 
LeRoy Tetania ft-B 
Dora Early 
Roberts ft DeMont 
"Heart of Siren" 

Shea's Hipp (Pe) 
(2) 

Minstrel Boys 
"Beautiful City" 
(9) 

Art Landry 

"Sally of Sawdust" 

State (L) (10) 

Wheeler t 
Ergot tl ft Herman 
Courting Days 
Sparling ft Ross 
Kinney ft Girls 

BCTLKR, FA. 
Majestic (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

N Nestor Co 
(Others to All) 



TIT M « ud If! 
HE ItlEWTON I WINS 
J^Mabollo J| 

Address Cars VARIETY, NEW YORK 



Juvenile Follies 
Btti Look He* Qm, 
Buddy Walker 
(One to fill) 

CINCINNATI. O. 

Keith's (t) 

Tuck A Clnna 
Clifford ft Qray 
H Clifton 
Bordman ft Roland 
Hurst ft Vogt 
Morton ft Olaas 
Karavioff Co 

Palace (■) (S) 
2 Aces 

Henry Darrell Co 
Murdock ft Mayo 



Hughes 
Uhoaatl 

MOINES. Li. 

<P«) (3) 
Bernard ft Garry 

"Old Loves A New** 

Dos Moinoe <P C ) 
(1) 

Smith ft Durrell 
"Mile Modiste ' 

Orpheum (O) 

2d half (6-9) 
Mas Bloom Co 
Vogue Rev 
(Three to nil) v 



ANNOUNCING 

Broadway Clothoa Shop Has Moved 
and U Now Located at 

166 WEST 46TH STREET 

(Just East of Broadway) 

MAX WEINSTEIN 

President 



An*er ft Fair 
J Howe Co 
Ella Brlce Bd 

CL'KSB'GH, W.VA. 

Robinson Gr'd (&) 

2d half (6-9) 
Ruby 3 
Fantlno Tr 
Chas Boyden 
Woodland Rev 
Burke ft Durkln 

CLEVELAND, O. 

Circle (P) (10) 

Mclnotte 2 
Busscy A Case 
Joe Frned 
Howard A Ross 
(One to All) 

103th St. (K) (3) 

W Hale A Bro 
Gown Shop 
S*»rvany 2 
Jack George 
Patrlca A Sulllv'n 
(10) 

Tom Reilly Co 
O'Brien 6 
3 Slvera 

Wanzer A Palmer 

(Two to All) 

Palace (K) (t) 

2 Nitos 
Belle Baker 
Rath Bros 
Lang A Haley 
Gygl A Servern 
Roy Cuinmings 
Mlacahua 

(16) 
Newell A Most 
The Brianls ' 
Ethel Barrymore 
Johnny Hyman 
Margaret Young 

3 Danubcs 
(Two to All) 

Read's Hipp (KW) 

1st half (10-12) 
The Westerners 
Juliette Dlka 
Telephone Tangle 
Zermalne A F Co 
(One to All) 

2d half (13-16) 
Rovue Comlqoe 
Monte A Lytfna 



DETROIT, MICH. 
Cnp'tol (Pr) (8) 

Melodies E'ernal 
K Wernor Orch 
Poitgy II Joyce 
"The Skyrocket" 

Colonial (Pc) (3) 
Listen to Me 
"Other Husbands" 

Fox WaAhTngtoa 

) (Pc) (3) 

Burkhart A Rich 
Eldredge BAB 
Bush A Joy 
Ford ft Packard 
AUa Axiom 
"Siberia" 

Gr'd Riviera (KW) 

(10) 

Snow Colomb A M 
2 Rozellaa 
Ed Janls Rev 
Fortunelln A C 
Mystic Garare 
(One to All) 

La Salle Garden 
(KW) 

let half (10-12) 
Olga Kane Co 
Final Rehearsal 
Burt flwor 
Van De Velde Tr 
(One to fll ) 

2d half (13-16) 
Marg Morrcll Co 
The Westerners 
Cleveland A O'rey 
6 Tip Tops 
(One to All) 

Miles (P) (It) 

Gomes A Gomes 
H'dsw'th A Denials 
Baker ft Gray 
SchlchtVe Mar'ettes) 
Rev de Luxe 

Regent (P) (It) 

Armand ft Peres 
Bert Chadwlck 
Mercedca 
Klrby ft Duval 
Haney Rev 

SUte (Pc) (3) 

Mack ft Long 

Mary Jane 



OFFICIAL DENTIST TO THB N. V. 

DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 



10tt Broadway. New 
Bat. 40th and 47th Sta. 
This Week: 
McLeUea aad Sarah i Warn 



. Groh 



Edwards A Bcasley 
Kay Hamlin A K 
(One to All) 

BOSTON. MASS. 

Boston (K) (3) 

Redmond A Wells 
Winchester A Hoss 
Manus Rev 
Willie's Reception 
Mtns A Kabin 

Gordon's Olympla 

(K) (3) 

(Scollay Sq.) 
Mahon Scott Co 
L>en Oelles 
The Harringtons 



WHEN 

PLAYING 

PHILADELPHI 



JACK L UPSHUTZ 
A TAILOR 908 Walnut St. 



ORDER 
MONDAY: 
FINISH 
SATURDAY 



Night Club Rev 
Collins ft Peterson 
(Three to All) 

Rivera (K) 

2d hair («•!) 
Pans ft McCoy 
Coscia ft Verdi 
Paul Tocan 
(Three to All) 

CONEY ISLAND 

TUyou (K) 

2d half (6-t) 
Zellia 81s 
Rome ft Gaut 

Al Tucker Bd 
Slutz A Bingham 
Miss Marcelle 



Jean Boydell 
(Othera to All) 

Terminal (Pe) 

1st half (3-5) 
Jadalok 

ton ft Harvey 
NoVak ft Benson 
Oreille Rennle 
Myrtle Leonard 
Jean Moebaa 

2d half (6-t) 
Myrtle Leonard 
Orvllle Rennle 
Jean Moebua 
Hamilton ft O Broa 
Atlantic 4 

Tlvoll (Pc) (t) 

Chinese Plate 



BALTIMORE MD. 

Century (Pc) (3) 

Earl Lindsay Rev 
"Tower of Ll_." 

Rasbaowy (Pe) (t) 

Raaoh Ballet 
"Lot's Get^M irled" 

Oardea (Pe) (I) 

Count Bernlvlcl Co 
Kleo Lambert Co 
Orren ft Drew 
Jerome ft Gray 
Smith ft Holden 
" Western 8k lee" 

Hl pps d rs a as (K) 

(3) 

Ward ft Mo watt 



Marlon Glbney 
Ernest Hlatt 
Goodwin Com 4 

Ger don's Olympla 

<K) (3) 
(Washington St.) 
Nat C Haines Co 
Audrey Jinks Rev 
PAL Eta 
Rody Jordan 
Garner Sis 

Howard (K) (3) 

4 Janaleys 

4 Demons 
Carney Earle 

Keith's (K) (3) 

Krcm ft Darrls B 



CAMBR'GK. MASS. 

Central 8«j. (K) 

2d hair (6-9) 
Marion Claire 
Markel A Gray 
Walton A Brant 
Eaatmnn A Moore 
Yonjr Wong Co . 

CAMDEN. N. J. 

To were (K) 

2d half (6-») 
Bur'.py A Fayne 
Edd.e Miller 3 
Jimmy Carr Orch 
Mary Eaves 
Sagor Midgley Co 

C'D'R RAPIDS. 1A. 

Strand (Pc) (3) 

Brault A Beglny 
Sophia Kanmlr 

CII'KLOTTE, N. C. 

New Broadway (K) 

1st hair (1012) 
(Asheville split) 

Gold A Edwards 

Joe Deller 

Angel Bros 

(Two to Ail) 

CH'RLI-N, W.YA. 

Kearss (K) 

2d half (6-t) 
Power a 2 
Alabama Land 
Rhode A Rochell 
Rolley ft Dolaa 
(One to All) 

CHESTER. PA. 

Edgemont (K) 

2d hair (6-t) 
Eddy ft Burt 



WaAman ft Deba 
Van De Velde Tr 
(One to All) 

State (L) (It) 

Vlsser 3 

Prank Whitman 
Geo Billings Co 
Tony Orey Co 
Great Leon Co 

DALLAS. TEX. 
Majestic (It) (10) 

El C'lcve 

Lorraine A Mlnto 
York A Lord 
Authors & Com'sers 
(One to All) 

Mrlba (L) (10) 

Royal Sidneys 
Boland A Hopkins 
Fink*) A T/oyd 
Alls A Pul'.mar. 
Roscoc Ails Bd 

Pontages (10) 

Barbudine A Dog 
Statnoom 19 
3 Wwlre Kulins 
Guy Voyer Co 
Chas Althf>fT 
A gee's Horses 

DAVENPORT. IA. 
Columbia (O) 
2d half (6-9) 

Palermo's Canines 

Sylvester A Vance 

Put Daley Co 

I*! la Campos 

(One lo fill) 

DAYTOV, O. 
Keith's 

2d half (6-9) 
Gordon's Dors 
Margaret Young 
DeoKon A. Mack 
Cahlll A We'.Is 
A Rasch Builct 

1st half (10-12) 
Lyie A Virginia 
Canary Opera 
The Wager 
(Two to All) 

td half (11-16) 
Gown Shop 
Emily Darrell 
3 Aces 

Victoria Dupree 
(One to All) 

DENVER. COL. 
Orpheam (O) (t) 

Lockf'ds ft T Orch 
Sully ft Houghton 
Tabor ft Green 
MaHon A Keelcr 
Aurora Troupe 



Rinaldo 
"Monte Carlo" 

Temple (K) 

3d ha'f (6-t) 
3 Melvlns 
J Hymsn 
The Brlanta 
Allen ft CanAeld 
Adele Vorne 
R Arnold Co 
Prcssler ft Klalss 

(10) 

Powers' Elephants 
Herbert Clifton 
Kere.larto 
Mlacahua 
Wilson Aubroy 3 
(One to All) 

Waah'gton (Tc) (3) 
Ford A Packard 
Bush A Joy 
Elriridge B A E 
Burkhart A Rich 
Ala Axiom 

D'CH'ST'R. MASS# 

Codm.in Sq. (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Stobol A Merton 
Hcti'y Reyn'd« A S 
Jack Tty.'in Co 
Rnpn Wyse Co 
(One to All) 

Fmnklln Park (K) 

2d hnlf <6-9) 
Tarllla A Clurk 
'3<-n« HarnfR Co 
(Three to fill) 

ELIZABETH. N. J< 
Rita (K) 

2d half (6-t) 

Bob Hall 
Lcavltt A Dorla 
T.oon A Dawn 
LaFantnsy 
Alma Neilson Co 

F.LMIRA, N. T. 

Majestic (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Yea ft TulTy 
Those 7 Girls 

Combe A Ncvlns 
Harry Downing 
Harry Garland 

ERIE, PA. 
Parry (R) 
2d half (6 9) 
The Pnrkers 
Sully A Thomas 
Patrlcola 
Hamlin A Mack 
O'Brien 6 



Wednesday, M«y 0. 1W* 



VARIETY 



37 



it <K) 



M half <* »> 
m£fi A 87>VA 

Stg Laurie 
J Barker Co 

B1VEB. MAM. 
gasp Ire (K> 

14 half <«-»> 
4a, Clifton 
sjtgate * Kane 
Marry Irwen 
Oat of Knickers 
j£a Ityn»P»»» Rev 

jfgCBB'Q. HA88. 
lyric (K) 
half (• ») 

l*w?e» „ 

a Taylor Co 
B Washington 
fwlit * Twirls 
Mason * Gwynna 

*p DU LAC, WIS. 

jMlaw <L) U©> 
Francis A Wllaon 
JaDa S 



BLAXKLTON. PA. 

FWer*« (K) 

M half <f-t) 
1 Bloaaoma 

4 Chocolate Dandles 
Howard Nichols 
Hodge * Low.U 
(One to fill) 

HOBOKBN, N. J. 
Lnw'i 

• 1st nnlf (10-12) 
Morley A Leeder 
ghsppard A King 
Frank Sheppard 
Danceland 
(One to fill) 

Id half (13-18) 
Lorraine A Crawfd 
M A J Dove 
Carl A Ines 
(Two to All) 

HOLY ORE. MASS. 

Victory (K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Betty Marie 
Vogues 

Terrell A Kemp 
BAR Dalo 
Neapolitan 2 



A J 



tIm having open time in this 
A0,B VICING can fill in 
ytankford, PhUa. and Bridget on, N. J. 
(Split week) 
I Baltimore, Md., and Arcade, Balls- 
b»ry. Md. (Split week) 



FRANK WOLF, Jr. 

rwif'- 1 Trust BlAg., Philadelphia. Pa. 

Phone: Spruce 1096-1286 



Batman A Grace 
Canon A Willard 
If Miles Broadway 

IT. WAYNE, IND. 
Palace (KW) 

1st half (10-12) 
Cevan A Ruffln 
£ocal Act 
Morton A Glass 
(One to fill) 

Id half (1S-16) 
McKay A Ardlne 
Final Rehearsal 
(Two to nil) 

FT. WORTH, TEX. 

Majettle (It) (10) 

Xelto Bros Rev 
Footsteps - 

(Three to fill) 

Pantages (10) 

Hawaiian 4 
Patty L Re at 
•taaslll A Douglaa 
Tereat's Roosters 
(One to All) 

♦JL'NB F*L8, N. Y. 

RJalto (K) 

2d half (•-!> 
Boy Lewis 
Maok A Lee 

M DnBarry Co 
T^iraJa A Laurie 
(One to AH) 

f¥D aVP*DS. MICH. 

Rameaa Park (K) 

2d half (•-•) 
Anderson A Yvell 
Brooks A Ross 
I Silvers 

Around the Olobe 
Clevel'd A D'wrey 
Wanzer A Palmer 

QRRENF'D, MASS. 

Victoria (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Lynch A May 
Arthur Whltelaw 
Outh Carmen A G 
Holl'd Dockrell Co 
Bell A Manning 

GBKRNBIRG. PA. 

Strand (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Jackie A Dlllie 
Oafney A Walton 



BTOBNELL. N. Y. 

Shattuck O. II. (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Larry Couter 
Hamilton 81s A 8 
Alexander ft O'tler 
Tower A Darrai. 
(One to All) 

HOCSTON, TEX. 

Majestic (It) (10) 

Hall Irminc A B 
Pat Henning Co 
Rragdon A M 
Nell McKlhley 
Allen Taylor A H 

H'NT'GTN, W.VA. 

Orpheom (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
M Samucis Co 
P Whiteside Co 
Ralassl 3 
Antrim A Vale 
Vera Post 

IND'N'POLIS, IND. 

Lyrle (P) (10) 

Dashlpgton'j Dogs 
Denway A Flourney 
Jack DeSylvia 
Mack A Stanton 
Heras A Wallace 

Palace (KW) 

1st half (10-12) 
Noel Lester Co 
Jane Dillon 
Tulip Time 
Jimmy Lyons 
Tooth A Beauty 

2d half (18-16) 
Transfleld 8 la 
Juliette Dlka 
Wilfred Clark Co 
Permaine A Shelley 
Hollywood Revels' 

ITHACA. N. Y. 

Strand (K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Jones Morgan A R 
SchoeAeld A Girls 
Paula 

Adler A Dunbar 
Edwards A Lillian 

JACKSON, MICH. 

Capitol (Pc) (8) 

Marie White 

J'KS'NVLE, FLA. 

Palace (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Kono San 



Local Act 

Miller Packer A B 

Avaloa 6 

LANCASTER. PA. 

Colonial (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Ray A Harrison 
Ben Light Co 
Rome A Wood 
Nell O'Brien Co 
(One to fill) 

LAWB'NCE, MASS. 
Empire (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

C E GrcKt 
Iiensce A Raird 
Kola Sylvia A Co 
(Two to nil) 

LEWIST'N. MASS. 
Mnslc Hall (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Avon 

Burns A Kane 

Douglas Wright Co 
Rose M A Marjory 
(One to fill) 

LIMA, O. 
Faurot O. H. (KW) 

1st half (10-12) 
Blaney A Wood 
Permalne A Shelley 
B A J Crcighton 
Ray O Lltes 

2d half (13-16) 
Jane Dillon 
Cook A Rosvere 
Jimmy Russell Co 
(One to nil) 

LITTLE B*K. ARK. 
Majestic (It) 

1st half (10-12) 
Mart Padula 
Winston Holland 
Lulu McCnnnell 
Hanson A B Sis 
Masters A Grayee 

2d half (13-16) 
Dixon Riggs 3 
Harry A Moore 
Oretta Ardlne 
Klein Bros 
Arnaut Bros 

LOCKPORT, N. Y. 

Palace (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
John Regay Co 
Golden Violin 
Edna Bennett 
McCoy A Walton 
(One to fill) 

LONDON, CAN. 

Loew's 

1st half (10-12) 
Walsh Daly A W 
Ketch A WJlma 
Billy Purl Co 



LOUISVILLE, ET. 

Keith's 

2d half (6-9) 
Maryland Singers 

Cansinn A J'nlta Co 
The Harlequins 
Jack Clifford 
Hal Nelinan 
Lyle A Virginia 

1st half (10-12) 
Patrlci A Sullivan 
3 Ares 

Barber A Jackson 
Victoria Dupree 
(One to till) 

2d half (13-16) 
Tho Wutfer 
Canary Opera 
I<y<e A Virginia 
(Two to All) 

LOWELL. MASS. 

Keith's (3) 

Spirit of '76 
Walsh A Clarke 
Hayn«'s & Heck 
Paula Lorma Co 
Hamilton's A F 
Cervo A Morro 

(10) 

Brown A Whlttakr 
Ernest Hiatt 
Mellie Dunham 
Ruth Budd 
Australian Boys 
(One to nil) 

LYNN, MASS. 

Olympla (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Johnston Bros A J 
Bristol A Belle 
Will Ward Co 
Marjon Dancers 
(One to nil) 

MAIDEN, MASS. 

Mystic (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Bender A Knupp 
Healy Reyn'ds A S 
A A L Wilson 
(Two to All) 

McKKESPORT, PA. 

Hippodrome (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Earl Hampton 
Corner Store 
Violet A Partner 
Dwyer A Orma 
Tulsa Sis 

MKADVILLE, PA. 

Park (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Cunn'gham A B'n't 
Thomas A F Sis 
Burns A Wilson 
(Two to AH) 



1st half (19-12) 
(New Orl'ns split) 
Will Morris 
Oco Alexander 

Nonette 

Empire Comedy 4 
(One to nil) 

M'TGOMERY, ALA. 
Keith's 

2d half (6-9) 

Wyoming 2 
Morin Sis 
Barr A LaMarr 
DuCall >n 
Hart A Helene 

MONTREAL, CAN. 

Imperial (K) (S) 

Nick Hufford 
A A F Stcdman 
Parislenncs 
Gibson A Price 
Lawrence A H 
Rose A Tborne 

Loew's (10) 
Seima Braatz Co* 



NEWBCRGH. N.Y. 

rr©ctor*s (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Nevins A Gordon 
Gypsy Idyll 
Sansone A Dellla 
Walter Walters Co 
Walsh A Taye 

N. UEHF'D, MASS. 

Olympla (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
MeRae a cic Ktf 
John Claffery 
Cook A Out man 
llanlon Bros 
Brown A IjuWlle 

NEWCASTLE, PA. 

Pulace (K) 

2d half <6-!i) 
E.Kile Powell Uev 
Paramount & 
(Three to fill) 

N»W HAVEN, CT. 
Palace (K) 



HERMINE SHONE 

Incorporated 

Booking Everywhere 
Picture Houses — Productions 

This week we booked Fredric Frodkln 
on picture house tour, opening May 8. 
Loew's State. St. Louis; placed I^eonard 
HUlman for five-year contract with Jones 
A Green; booked Khodes A Watson for 
five-year contract with Sliuberts. opening 
in "Night In PariH"; Leni Stengel for 
"Gay Paree" (new edition). 

1560 Broadway, New York 

Suite 906 
Bryant 2995 



CALM and GALE 

TOURING LOEW CIRCUIT 
Direction CHA8. YATES 



ARTHUR SILBER 

INC. 

Booking Exclusively 

WITH 

PANTAGES CIRCUIT 

1M0 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY 
Phone Bryant 7351 



June Hovic Co 
Mowatt A Mullen 
'One to fill) 

Hamilton, can. 

Pantages (10) 

The Takewas 
Holland A Oden 
J»n Ruhinl 
Kdls inn 

Capman Boys Co 

nARRISB'nC, PA. 

State (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Wesley Barry Co 
■un Fong Lin Co 
Shelton Rent ley 
Harry Jolson 
(One to fill) 

Hartford, ct. 

Capitol (K) 
2d half (6-9) 

J B Stanley Co 
7 Mlgnons 
Sharps A Klrke 
Stewart A Olive 
Block A Dunlop 
Arlene 

Palaee (K) 
„ >d hslf («.») 
"•no A Creen 
A'e» Woods Rev 
2»rcintl A Miller 
«wnes A Avery 
"•len Morettl 

HAYEBH'L, MASS. 
Colonial (K) 
*d half («. t ) 
"ellman A Hughes 
tf 9 A Cranston 
Jovel A Saltan 
Versatile 3 

Royal Uascoynea 



Higher Ups 
Anthony A Marc'le 
Roman 
(One to All) 

JAMEHT'WN, N.Y. 

Opera House (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Tlroken Mirror 
Uelm.'ir Rev 
4 Cliftcn* 
Prinze Wong 
(lehan A (J'r'tson 

JERS'Y Cm'. N.J. 

State (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Joyner A Foster 
Jean Uphnm Co 
Moran A Wiser 
Paul Decker Co 
Eddie Dowllng 
Jean Lacrosse 

JOHNSTWN, PA. 

Majestic (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
IT Kessler Co 
Wilbur A Lyke 
Nanette A Nina 
(Two to fill) 

K'NS'S CITY, K'N. 

Orphennb (3) 

Stanley A ntmes 
Nan Halperln 
Tramp Tramp 
Amelia Allen 
Nervo A Knox 
De Witt A Torr'nce 
Wee George Wood 

KAN. CITY. MO. 

Pantagea (It) 

Chandon 2 
Cou.tcr A Rose 



2d half (13-11) 
Sallna Circus 
Alf Grant 
666 Sycamore 

L'G BEACH, CAL. 

State (P) (10) 

Medlnl 4 
Lester Lamonte 
Gibson's Navigators 
Hoyne A Leonard 
Hodeo Rev 

L'G BRANCn. N J. 

Broadway (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Her Boy Friends 
The Digltanos 
C T Green 
Raymond Wylle 
(One to fill) 

L. ANCLES, CAL. 

Boulevard (Pr) 

1st half (2-4) 
Gene Morgan Orch 
Vod-nits 

"Dancer of Parts" 

2d half (6-8) 
Geno Morgan Orch 
Fanchnn A Marco 
Ross Hlnes 
Peggy Chamberlain 
"Irene" 

Flgneroa (Pc) 

(Indef) 
Tlcauty a la Carte 
Crouch Sis 
Frank Shannon 
Manuel A Vlda 
Jwyc* Roauty Rev 
"The Skyrocket" 

Forum (Pc) 

(Indef) 
Ted Henkel Orch 
Ina M Hutler 
"Stella Dallas" 

Dill St. (O) (2) 

George Mare A P 
ThiMxl >ro H»'k«-fl 
The t).Mtropath 
I- & O Walters 
Moss A Fryc 

Metropolitan (Pc) 
(30) 

Verne Duck 
Fourflome 4 
Gibson Sis 
Krnost Morrlflon 
Metropolitan Girls 
George Hoban Co 
"Loves of Rlcardo" 

Million Dollar (Pc) 
(29) 

Sherry L Marshall 
lyouella Lee 
"Gold Rush" 

Orphrnm (t) 

Siamese, 2 
Stan Stanley 
Trado Twins 
Clar'.i. A McClough 
I^aeas A In ex 
Radiology 
Bob La Salle 

PaJitage* (10) 
Pantages Circus 

SUte (Pc) (t) 

Rube Wolfe Bd 
Fanchon A Marco 
Mile Dolly GUI 
Sunklst Beauties 
' Tramp Tramp Tr" 



MEMPHIS. TENN. 

Pantages (10) 

Rlblo A I>acotyne 
Fablano 

Clark A Valllnl 

Nerelda 

(One to fill) 

State (L) (10) 

Claude DcCar Co 
Sammy Duncan 
Cook A Shaw Sis 
Pisano A Landauer 
Mabel Walzcr Co 

MIAMI. FLA. 
Fairfax (K) 

(10-11) 

(Samo bill plays 
Went Palm Beach 
12-13, Daytona 
14-16) 
Mlcson Bros 
Dalton A Craig 
Flo Cast Girls 
(Two to fill) 

MILW'LKEE. WIS. 

Alhamhra (Pc) (S) 

Hlnes A Smith 
String 4 

"Cohens A Kellys" 

Miller (L) (10) 

Beo Starr 
Goetz A Duffy 
Ellda Ballet 
Young A Gray 
Yip Yip Yap 
Mason A Zudora 

Palace (O) (2) 

Amat'r in London 
Ethel P»arrymore 
Kling A Petty 
Lydu Harris 
Harrison A Dakln 
Larimen A Hudaon 

Tower (Pc) (3) 

National Male 4 
IM'l & B;irr 
Chlco 

Mayor Dun Ho,m 
"N.-w KlondikL-'' 

WiseonNln (Po) (3) 

Ruth Glrfnvllle 
Rom* 1 A Dunn 
"Klkl'' 

MINNE\POIJ9 

Palace <<>) (2) 

Ted Lewis Dd 
Maker A Hodford 
Harry Burns 
Cycling nineties 
Joe M e 1 w I n 
Chabot A Tortonla 

Pantages (10) 

The RallHtons 
Hall A Wilbur 
Mltzl A Dancers 
Lan*» A Harper 
3 Whirlwinds 

State (Pc) (S) 
Slssle A Blake 

MOBILE. ALA. 

Lyric (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Meehan A Snannon 
Bohemian Nltes 
LeFavor A Pierce 
I^aFranee A O'rn't 
Cromwell A Knoa 



Vale A Crane 

Billy Taylor Co 
Polly A Ox 
Lockctt A Page Co 
(One to fill) 

MORHISTN. N. J. 

Lyon's Park (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Carroll A Gorman 
Frank Hunter Co 
Bobby Henderson 
Morgan A Sheldon 
(One to All) 

MT. VERNON, N.Y. 

Proctor's (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Hartley A Peterson 
Seym'r A Jeanette 
Dlehl 81s A McD 
Walter Brower 
(One to fill) 

MUNCIE, IND. 

Wyaor Grand (KW) 

1st half (10-11) 
Transfleld Sis 
Kelley A Brown 
Monte A Lyons 
Kay Hamlin A K 

2d half (11-16) 
Ann Gold 
Jimmy Lyons 
Kafka Stanley A M 
.(One to fill) 

NASHV'LE, TENN. 
Keith's 

2d hslf (6-9) 

H Holman Co 
Peplto 

LaDcnt A Partner 

Mel Klee 

Mack A Rosslter 

1st half (10-12) 
Bohemian Nights 
DuCalion 

Mcehan A Snannon 
Barr A LaMarr 
(One to All) 

2d half (13-15) 
Chapelle A Carlton 
Cromwell A Knox 
Janet of France 
Morin Sis 
(One to fill) 

Knickerbocker (Pc) 

(») 

Hughlc O'Donnell 

NEWARK, N. J.* 

Braaford (Vc) (1) 

J A K Lee 
Rythmic Toes 
"Mile Modiste" 

Mosque (Pc) (1) 

V Lopez Bd 
Oh What a Nur*«' 

Newark (P) (10) 

Martin A Martin 
Potter A Gamble 
Ernest Polllck Co 
Henry Regal Co 
Glrard'n Ensemble 

Proctor's (K) (3) 

Cantor Rosenblatt 
12 Jackson Girls 
Mme. Hermann 
A A M Havel Rev 
Harry Holmes Co 
Buckley Calv'i A 8 

(10) 
Frank Fay 
Odiva A Seals 
Alexander 81s Rev 
W A J Mandel 
Edmnnd A Grant 
Ergottk A Herman 

State (L) (10) 

France A LaPel) 
Mabel Drew 
Hyams A Evans 
Hall A Dexter 
Keyhole Kameos 

N. BR'NSW'K, NJ. 
BJvoll (K) 
2d half (6-9) 
Bessie Rempel Co 
Eugene Wllsoa 
Sid Townes 
Bobby Carbons Co 
(One to flit) 

N. BRITAIN, CT. 

Capitol (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Tanner A Palmer 
Clownland Dances 
Betts A Partner 
Rodero A Maley 
(One to All) 



2d half (6-9) 

Toto 

Dance Revels 
Frank Hughes Co 
Coogan A Cas^y 
Frorlnl 

N. LONDON, CT. 

Capitol (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Charlotte Worth 
Hoffman Rev 
La Dore A Louise 
Gordon A Pierce 
(One to All) 

N. ORLEANS. LA. 

Crescent (L) (10) 

The Plckfords 
Cliff Nazarro Co 
Saxton A Farrell 
Howard A Llnd 
Allyn Tyrell Co 

Keith's 

2d half (6-9) 
Janet of France 
Chap'le A Ch'r't'n 
Goff A Bobby 
Farnell A Florence 
Bob Fisher 

1st half (10-12) 
(Mobile split) 
Welsh A Mealy 
Krafts A LaMont 
Billy Beard 
Homer Llnd 
(One to All) 

Orphenm (It) (10) 

The Gaudamlths 
Freda A Palace 
Florric La Vere 
Gullfoyle A Lang 
Meyakos 

NEWPORT. F. I. 

Colonial (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Cuby A Smith 
Maronc A LaCostia 
Joy Bros, A Gloom 
(Two io fill) 

NIAG. F'LLH, N. Y. 

Bellevlcw (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
The Westerners 
Haven A McQ Co 
Hilton A Cheslclgh 
Leonarl A Jj'vor 
(One to Ail) 

Pantagea (10) 

4 Phillips 
Jlmmle Reynolds 
Countess Sonla 
Briscoe A Dclorto 
Lavccn A Cross 

NORFOLK, VA. 

Colonial (K) 

2d half (C-9) 
Rlckard A Gray 
Vlntrous Rev 
Toodles A Todd 
McLcI'.an A Sarah 
Mehllnger A Wms 

Loew's (10) 

Alvln A Kenny 
Haze] Crosby Co 
Milo 

Master pieces 

H« rman Tlnib'g Co 

NORRIST'WN. PA. 

Garrlek (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
6 Beaucalr< s 
Hunter A Ballsy 
T A A Waldman 
(Two '0 All) 

N. ADAMS, MASS. 

Empire (K) 

2d half (C-9) 
Kent A Allen 
Jules Black Co 
Clark A O'Nell 
J A E Farrell 
(One to All) 

NTH'PT'N. MASS. 

Calvin (K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Gerard A Griffith 
Arnold j A Fox Rev 
The Rodders 
Colvin A Wood 
(One to All) 

NORWIin. CONN. 

Broadway (K) 

Id half (6 9) 
Ryan A Leonard 
Dancing Franks 
Anita Sauls 
Elktns Fay A B 
(One to fill) 



OAKLAND, CAL. 
Orphean* (t) 

Bobby Folsom 
Robert A Velle 
Malind;* A Dade 
Harry Snodgrans 
Reed A La Vere 
Billy Hallen 

OGDKN. UTAH 

Orphenm (P) (10) 

Summers 2 
Sang A Chunp 
Borneo A Do'ls 
I > miliar A Turner 
Six Be I fords 

OKI A. CITY. OK. 
Orphenm (It) 

1st half (10-12) 
Grace Ay^rs 
Bend«*r A Armstr'g 
Villa A Stretfga 
Frolics of '20 
(One to All) 

2d half (13-16) 
Pako A Class 
Bennett A Clark 
Clayton A Lennle 
Fcnton A Fields 
(One to All) 

OMAHA, NEB. 
Rial to (Pc) (S) 

Codetta 

Jazzomanla Rev 

(Strand (Pc) (S) 
Abbey Sis 

World (P) 

1st half (10-12) 
Curl V Winters 
Love Nest 
Jarvls A Harrison 
Melleclair Bros 

2d half (13-16) 
Lieut Thetion 
McDonald & Oakes 
Dancing Pirates 
Smith A Sawyer 
lehlkawa Japs 

OTTAWA. CAN. 

Keith's (8) 

Harris Claire Co 
Frank Richardson 
Pcronne A Oliver 
Jerome A E vel , n 
Casting Campbt iia 
Foley A LaTour 

PAL. PARK. N. J. 

Loew's (10) 

Boyd A Wallln 
Dillon A Marg'rlte 
(One to All) 

PASSAIC, N. J. 

Montaok (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Hi-len MacKellar 
Merkwlths A B'bby 



Ot>era House (K) 

2d half (6 9) 

Miss Pumbell 
Griffin 2 

Rekoma A Loretta 
Jones A Rae 
Jean Granese 

Wn. Penn (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
In Hack Yard 
Mon'chs of Melody 
Cannon A Lee 
Billy McDermott 
Rogers A Dorkin 

PITTSltl KGH, PA. 
Aldine (IV) (2) 

Aunt Jt in tua 
Mit.li.l ltrv>s 
Fred I >i'inpsu'y 
"The Barrier ' 

Davis (K) (S) 

Tnttl M»ioro 
W A J Mandel 
Joe Pr ;wr:ny 
Richard Keaif 
Newell & Moat 
Carleton A Mallow 
Nayon's Birds 
Parlstenne Art 

(10) 

Alice Lloyd 

6 Rocketts 

A A F Steadman 

Geo Desmondo Co 
(Others to AH) 

Grand (Pc) (2) 

Dixie Singers 
"MUe Modiste" 

Harris (K) (t) 

H Cats, la no Rev 
Healy Reyn'lds A S 
Bennett A Meyers 
Allan A Marknam 
Joe Daniels 
Koma Bros 

Sheridan 8q. (K) 

2d half (6-5) 

Novel«tte Rev 
TAD Ward 
Nolan Leary Co 
Mahoney A Taibert 
Richard WaMy 

State (Pc) (S) 

Rln-Tln-Tln 
"Night Cry" 

PITTSF'LI). MASH. 

Palace (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Snow White Dwarfs 
The Worths 
Bardeli A McNally 
Itena Arnold Co 
Cortell A' Atkins 



The opinion of all managers, this Measnn, 
Is that we are a great clean neat to 
closlna; act 



HARRY 



MARY 



CARDIFF and WALES 



Stein A Penn Sis 
Shuffle Along 4 
Freeman A Lynn 

PATERSON. N. J. 

Regent (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Willie Solar 
Hal Skelly Co 
(Three to All) 

PniLA., PA. 

Allegheny (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Brooks Phils'n A D 
Al White Jr Rev 
Gardner's Maniacs 
Fields A Johnson 
Locke A I^'wls 

Broadway (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Claire Vincent Co 
John Alden Co 
Cecil Alexander 
Jans A Whalen 
(One to All) 

Cross Keys (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Barbara Slmms Co 
Dancing Debs 
Marie Mang Co 
Fielder A Mann Co 
Country Girls 

Earle (K) (8) 

Rice A Werner 
Clara K Young 
Dave Harris Co ■ 
Fink's Mules 
Walsh A Kills 
K A 1) Dean 
Reynolds A White 

Fay's (P«) (S) 

Dream Fantasies 
D Raphael Co 
Linton A Ray 
Stanley A Qulnctte 

2 Marlells 
•.Sandy" 

Fox (Pc) (S) 

Cliff Kd wards 
The Commanders 
'Stella Mans" 

Grand O. n. <K) 

2d half (6 9) 
Rayrn'd A Nellson 
Rose A Moon Rev 
Alvln ,i Kenny 
Harry O Moor« 
Fargo A Richards 

Keith's (S) 

Weaver Bros 
Rice A Newton 
GulHo A Jeanne 
The Duponls 
Jerry A Grands 
Hack' 1 1 A Delmar 
Wells Va A West 
Dolan A Gale 

(10) 

Harmon A Sans 
Molli* Fuller 
Harrington A Ortnn 

Roy A May 
fOtti< rs to All) 

Nixon (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Waller Fi»lier Co 

Old llu'Tl. «|e«d 

Gnrm!»*y A Cf'rty 
Mm" n'Nukl 
( ( ; r. «• to f*-*> 



Evelyn rhllllps 
Marion A Ford 
Monroe A Grant 
Mack A Velmar 
1st half (10-12) 
(Norfolk split) 
Stuts A Bingham 
Frances Armn 
(Three to All) 

ROANOKE, VA. 
Roanoke (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Joe Pel.ler Co 

Ange| Bros 

Cold \ wards 

Itoby Norton 

(One to tlli) 

Ht half (10 12) 
( W 1 n t > ■ n - S a 1 1 in 

Unli.iiil \ mtour 

'I'ooilles \- Tod 
rtuis ir.l A Gray 
M. l.a:i- n A Sarin 
(One to fill) 

:d half ( 1*-1£1) 
Marion A Ford 
\ '.\ <.<!) 11 riul'lpa 
(Others to fLI) 

KOCH 'ST KB, NY. 

Recent (Pc) (S) 
Littman A G'ldsb'ro 



Isomer Girls 
Al's Here 
Burners A Hunt 
Beattle Rev 

SAN DIEGO, CAL. 

Pantages (10) 

Grace Doro 
In China 
Trovato 
Five MaxelJos 

S. FNCISCO. CAL. 

Golden Gate (O) (S) 

Harry <\»n'ey 
1 hrec I ond.'tia 
Gi i r^'ie l'r i-e 
HAG KM; worth 
Alexander A Santor 

Orplieuni (2) 

Derickson A Br'wne 
MiruK 1 ' do l'aris 
Jimmy H iifiscy Co 
Jutta Valley C»» 
Charles li w ill 
Tleman n T'smlths 
Wi.ls X; 11< .linos 

Pantages 

1st half (10-12) 
Santiago 3 
Bayes A Speck 



ANATOL BOURMAN 

RaUei Master 

MLLE. KLEMOVA 



Premiere Danseuse 
FOURTH YEAR 
Mark Strand, New York 



PLAIN FIELD. N.J. 

Oxford (K) 

Id half (6-9) 
Jack Risno Co 
Plalnfleld Boys Bd 
Sawyer A Eddy 
Maurlc A Wortder 
Rule A Tenny 

PORTLAND. ME. 

Keith's (3) 

Lyle A Emernon 
Carl McCuMough 
Arthur D*»voy Co 
Fern A Marie 
Musical Hunters 
Ruth Budd 
(10) 

Haynes A Beck 
Cervo A Moro 
Spirit of '7C 
Hailtons A Fordyce 
Puula Lortna Co 
(One to All) 

PORTLAND, ORE. 

Pantages (10) 

Wanda A Heals 
Evans A Perez 
Seymour A Cunard 
Rtepanoff Dancers 
Marcus A Booth 
Berlo Diving Girls 

PORTSMOUTH. O. 

Leroy (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Carlisle A Lamal 
Tracey A Hay 
Stanley Galinl Co 
Jimbe A Mack 
(One to All) 

P'GHK.'PSIF,. N Y. 

Avon (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Geo Broad hurst Co 
Movie Masque 
Knights' Roosters 
Lytell A Fant 
Gee Haw A liee Lee 

PROVID'NC "F., H. I 

Emery <L) (10) 

Reek A Re. ;or 
Clark A Cronby 
R'-nard A W« ft 
Bert Walton Co 
»One to All) 

R HADING, FA. 

Rajah (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Norton A Melnoltc 
f)'Donne]| A Blair 
Re veil A Dorven 
Frank X Silk 
May A KUduff 

RKD BANK, N. J. 

Palace (K) 

2d half <r,.'j) 
Miller A Fears 
Wllnon A Sanf >r<] 
3 M^Kennas 
Th-lma White 
Mullen A ( uib n 

RICHMOND, IND. 

Murray (KW) 

2d half M3-U) 
K'-iicy A Biown 
II A J f'rc.ghton 
l Two to fill) 

HK HMOND, VA. 
Lyric (K) 

21 half <f>-9) 



"New Klondike" 

Temple (K) (A) 

Duel de Kerekjarto 
Geo N Brown Co 
Sayre A Mack 
Dixie Hamilton 
Wm Kennedy Co 
Mr A Mrs J Harry 

S'CR'MENTO, CAL. 

Orphenm (t) 

Webb's Entert'ners 
Maxine A Bobby 
Demarlst A Collette 
Olsen A Johnston 
Ruth Robinson 
Harrington Sis 
Surprise Party 

Pantages (10) 

Howard Sis 
Cary E Marr 
Montana 

You've Gotta Dance 
Nancy Fair 
Doree Operalogue 

ST. LOUIS 

G. Central (Pc) (1) 

Oen«» Rodemieh Bd 
Ruth fitting 
Harry Harris 
-Mile Modiste" 

Grand O. H. (WV) 

<2) 

B Batchelor Co 
George Moore 
Green A Duval 
Masters A Grayce 
Small A Mays 
Handy McPherson 
Frank Stafford Co 
"Hearts A Fists" 

Missouri (Pc) (1) 

Rhapsody in Jazx 
Ida M Chadwlck 
Mary Raines 
Mllded Cady 
"Social Celebrity" 

Orplieuni (O) (S) 

Dcvrrly Bayno 
Doru .NTaughn 
Billy Mouse Co 
La l''eur A Portia 
Pinto Benet A F 
Tony A George 
Fred Ardath 

St. Louis (O) (t) 

Herb Williams 
Mamaroff A Honia 
Olga Myra Co 
A I Moore Bd 



Bd Statilsloff 
Julia Relety 
Lydell A Mason 
Glrton Girls 

2d half (13-16) 
Harry Lamour 
Merrltt A Coughlln 
Enos Frar.ere 
Nood'es Fagan 
Shannon's Band 

SARATOCA. N. Y. 

Congress (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Kokln A Galettl 
Vivian A Walters 
Burns A West 
(Two to All) 

8A8K TOON. CAN. 

Pantagea 

(Edmonton split) 
1st half (1012) 
Florence Seelcy Co « 
O'Donnell A MeK 
Russian Singers 
Sidney Styne 
(One to All) 

SAVANNAH. OA. 

Ill Jon (K) 

2d half (6-t) 
Suburban Nltes 
Pantheon Singers 
Maaked Athlete 
Leo Beers 
Romaine A Castle 

SCn'N'CT'DY. N. Y. 
Proctor's (K) 

2d half (6-9) 

Dick Ryan 
Rltz Serenade!* 
Cecil A Van 
Frank Sablnl Co 
(One to All) 

SCRAN TON, PA. 

Poll (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
6 Rocketts 
Wright A Dale 

Tom Lane 
McLaughlin A B 
Brown A Demont 

SEATTLE, WASH. 

Orphenm (O) (t) 

Joe Howard's Rev 
Kelso A DeMonde 
Whiting A Burt 
ZeUya 

Wilber A Adams 
Mack A Brantly 



BILLY GLASON 

Keith-Albee Grout 



A. n 



r. .< i 



Lloyd A Bryco 
"Little Irish Girl" 

State (Pc) (1) 

Ftilnx- J.fMMlo-u 
Dave Stamper 
Clemons A Marcy 
<"o)|PK': Life 
"Brown of Harv'd" 

ST. PAIL 
Capitol (Pc) (S) 

Nelli- Sterling 

Ondieum (O) 

2d half (6-9) 
Cha|>iTian'M Orch 
Art. I HmUiiH 
Vernon A Hart 
Fleteher Dev A A 

S. P'T'HIl'RG. FI.A. 

Im. Placa (K) 

2d h*1f (^-9) 
O'B nirl.e A Kelly 
Flo Gas* A Girls 
( Thr<e to All) 

SAI.KM. MASS. 

Federal (K) 

2<l half (6-9) 
Novelty Perreos 
Ile!..n Higgens Co 
Roy A. Arthur 
VauK'in '"onifort ''o 
(On»; to flli> 

H'l.T LAKE. I'TAII 

Puntuges (10) 

K!r»-y S>s 
Rlve N A A mold 
I'rof Aleko 
Fleurette Jeffrie 
Hid Lewis 
Taib' rl'M Rev 

S. ANTONIO. TKX. 
Majestic (It) (10) 

Banc-'' * Hn-ldon 
(• or.' .r:"' '1 



Pantages (10) 

Rarles A June 
Lewis A Lavarre 

Baseope 

Nat Nazarro 
Nellie Jsy Orch 

SnAMOKIN, PA. 

Capitol (K> 

2d half (6-9) 
O'Connor A Wlll ms 
Billy Regay Rev 
Wnlsh His 
Murrny A f'harlotte 
i()no to AH) 

Sn'NANDOAH, PA. 

Strand <K) 

2d half (6 9) 
Jo«» Vende 
Melville A Htetson 
Knowles A Hurst 
(Two to fill) 

SIOl X CITY, IA. 
Princess (Pc) (3) 
Stafford A Louise 

Orphcuni 

2d half (G-D) 
Jim J <an A Joe 
Grant A H« lf 
Mary Haines 
Kwen y A stewsrt 
Towserol lioid t Co 

S. NORW ALK. CT. 

Palace (Kk 

2d half <« 9) 
Romanrie Youth 
l>ier lllgiflns Co 
Turner Bros 
3 Kiltaros 
Rueker A Perrin 

SPOK\NK. WASH. 

Puntuges 

Itn'f (10-12) 
II a tv He 1 nnton 

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Wednesday, May 5, 1928 



NEWS FROM THE DAILIES 



This department contains rewritten theatrieal new* items at pub- 
lished during the week in the daily papers off New York, Chicago 
and the Pacific Coast. Variety takes no ersdit for these news items | 
each has been rewritten from a daily paper. 



NEW YORK 

United Artists has agreed with 
the Phoebus Film Company of Ger- 
many for Pickford, Fairbanks, 
Chaplin, Talmadge and other U. A. 
productions to have precedence in 
Phoebus operated theatres. Phoe- 
bus* has about 1,200 theatres 
throughout Germany. Phoebus is a 
rival of Ufa in that counry. 



Betty Blythe's London damage 
suit against G. B. Samuelson, Brit- 
ish film producer, ha3 been settled 
out of court. Miss Blythe com- 
plained that Samuelson broke a 
contract he made with her in con- 
nection with "She." 



Incorporation papers for a new 
New York Sunday evening paper 
were filed in Albany. The paper 
will be known as the "New York 
Evening Inquirer," and published by 
William Griffin, former vice-presi- 
dent of the American Press Asso- 
ciation. This will be New York's 
second Sabbath sheet, the "Sunday 
Leader" having made its appear- 
ance three weeks ago. 



lished competent residence In the 
State of Rhode Island. 



Betty Pierce and Benjamin F. 
Berlin (wealthy), of Chicago, wed 
at Greenwich, Conn. 



for 170,000. She may build a new 
homo In Cart hay Center. 

Ray Freeman, Long Beach avi- 
ator, was killed while piloting the 
Brea Humming Bird, one of the 
smallest airplanes in the world, at 
Loftus Air Field, near Brea. Calif., 
during an -*.r meet and carnival. 
Col. William D. Mitchell was sched- 
uled to fly the craft, but could not 
appear. 

Fixing of sentence for "Kid" Mc- 
Coy, who is in San Quentln for 
•cllling Mrs. Teresa Mors, was post- 
poned 90 days at the ex- fighter's 

request. 



The "American Mercury 
filed suit to enjoin Postmaster Gen 
eral New and Postmaster Kiely 
from Interfering with distribution 



Julian Harrison, Hollywood art 

director, had his nose and mouth 
has I remodeled by Dr. Joseph Ginsburg. 



Howard N. Jackson, claiming to 
- m A . . , be an artist of Culver City, was 

through the malls of the magazine. I arreste d when he attempted to dis- 



"Hatrack," Herbert Asbury's 
short story in the April Issue of 
"American Mercury," which caused 
the magazine to be barred from 
the mails and much noise and com- 
ment besides, may be seen on the 
stage in musical form. Harold At- 
teridge has obtained the dramatic 
rights. 



Thais La Pe, dancer, received 
considerable publicity and pictures 
in the tabloids upon filing suit for 
1500.000 against the Hotel Commo- 
dore. Thais alleges that she was 
ejected, the ejection being rough, 
from the hotel Thais' legs, bruised 
In the scuffle, according to the com- 
^plaint, were amply exhibited in tab- 
loid pictures. 

Marjorle Rambeau is defendant 
In a suit filed in Supreme Court 
by Minnie E. Webster, former per- 
sonal representative and manager 
for the actress. Miss Webster al- 
leges that she was engaged by Miss 
Rambeau at a salary of $100 a week 
and 10 per cent of the actress' earn- 
ings. She worked for 27 weeks, she 
says, and received only $500 of the 
$3,700 due her. 



Joe Woods, agent, and Harriet 
Towne, dancer, may wed. 

Reporters of the drama were 
given ample material to pun on at 
the meeting Friday of chorus girls 
to decide something or other. Only 
about 20 of the ensemble ladles 
showed. The punning reporters con 
veyed the fact that the meeting 
was called for the purpose of find- 
ing a new name for the ladies other 
than "chorus girl." 



This following the furore created by robe ln a 8treet car h ere . He con- 
barring of the April edition of tne tinued hla actions despite the at- 
publlcatlon because of an alleged tempts of the crew and male pas- 
immoral story. | sengers to stop him until a police- 
man arrested him on peaco disturb- 
The Greenwich Village Theatre I ing charges. Police say he was 
announces five new plays for pro- | drunk, 
ductlon noxt season. They are: 
"Viva Mexico," by Michael Gold; 
"Sumpin* Like Wings, 
Rlggs; "Room at the 
P. McEvoy; "Love of Three Or- 



The 232 Club, Masonic film or- 
_ _ by Lynn I ganlzation, la working on plans for 
Room at the Top." by J. | the Pageant of Liberty, which will 

be staged July 6 at the Coliseum by 
anges," adapted by Gilbert Seldcs I patriotic organizations. 



from an old comedy by Gozzl, and 
•When ln Rome," by Laurence 
Stalllngs. In addition either a 



Three actresses and two motion 

picture leading men were allowed 

Shakespearean or a Eugene O'Neill to leave the Marcel Cafe here when 



revival will be done. 



no liquor was found on their tables 
during a raid. Federal dry agents, 
Clara Clemens, who made her le- I however, arrested C. Marcel, pro- 
gltlmate debut here last week ln prietor, and seized a collection of 
Joan of Arc," by Mark Twain, her imported wines. 

father, announced that she has re- I 

ceived an invitation from the Under the heading "Jack Bu- 
French Government, through So- chanan Takes Mile. Nazimova 
clete des Femmes de Frances, to Home," a local daily announced 
give a performance of the play in I that the English actor has leased 



Paris on Bastille Day, July 14. It 
Is believed Miss Clemens will ac 
cept. 



the Russian actress's Hollywood 
Boulevard house during the run of 
"Chariot's Revue" at El Capitan. 
new Hollywood legit house. 



Ethel Barrymore may appear next 
season ln the dramatization of John Arthur Clayton, stage and screen 
Erskine's "Private Life of Helen of actor, applied for first papers before 
Troy." Miss Barrymore Is now in the U. S. naturalization clerk. He 
vaudeville. I f> avo bis age as 38 and birthplace 

as Bleethlngly, England. 



CHICAGO 



Plainclothes men and Prohibition 
Agents Cohen and Simonson, in a 
"determined drive" against West 
Side speakeasies, raided six of 
them. Gold Club, 215 West 47th 
street, raided second time within 
week, and Enrico Ricco, waiter, ar- 
rested for the second time, also on 
charge of alleged possession and 
sale of liquor. The speakeasy at 
141 West 60th street was raided, 
and Lester Green arrested; 409 
West 45th street raided and relieved 
of 120 gallons of alleged wine, and 
George Cairo arrested; 229 West 
4»th street raided, and James 
Lelu-rer arrested; 432 West G2d 
street raided and Benjamin Brad 
ley arrested; 302 West 5 2d street 
raided and Lawrence Balen ar 
rested. 



Frank Sebastian Fenole, cafe 
, owner, divorced by Marie Rose Fe 
Harry C. Molr, Jr.. owner of the no i 6 i ast month, was faced with 
Morris hotel, is back from a three another divorce suit, brought by 
months' vacation at his winter home I May Belle Sebastian Fenole, another 
ln Miami. He was a passenger on w i fe# wno claimed that he was al- 
the wrecked northbound limited, but I ready married at the time of their 
escaped uninjured. 1 wedding in 1924. 

Guyon's new Paradise ballroom is I James Townsend, production man 
to broadcast from station WGES, I a ger for the Rudolph Valentino unit, 
Coyne electrical school station. I working in the sand hills near 
Louis Panico and his Paradise ball- Yuma, Ariz., was struck on the head 
room orchestra will be the dance I tt nd injured when a desert typhoon 
music feature. I and cloudburst struck the camp. 

, Valentino and about 125 others 
In an effort to raise money for the playing in "Son of the Sheik" had 
$100,000 exenslon fund of the Chi- I ] e f t the previous day for Los An 
cago Junior school, stage stars pre- | geles. 
sented a benefit performance Sat- 
urday night at McVlcker's. | Jack Dempsey will be declared a 

fugitive from Justice if he fails to 
Sonny May, witness for Muriel I appear in person to answer specd- 
Seely of "Gay Paree," failed to make ing charges at Madera, Cal., May 
a case for her at the hearing of her I 26. Floyd Fltzsimmons, promoter, 
charges of assault and battery I appeared in Madera and pledged 
against Richard Bold, singer in the I that the champion would be there 
company. According to May, Bold | Q n the date set. 
spanked Miss Seely with his cane 

and then "socked her ln the eye." \ a search Is being made for Albert 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON SPORTS 



Red Orange's Candy Royalty 

Of the several articles labeled with Red Grange'f name the royalty 
so far earned through a five-cent candy bar seems incredible. When 
n New York some weeks ago the football star received a check for 
$15,000. He and his manager C. C. Pyle have now split $59,000 in royoN 
lej from the candy alone. The royalty Is K cent for each bar. A 
Chicago firm manufactures the confection, retailed principally in the 
Middle West. Grange's soft money gotten through using his name 
'or a sweater is also considerable. 



Mike Rodden in Hockey 

Mike J. Rodden, sporting writer for the Toronto "Globe." has been 
appointed coach of the St Patrick's team In the National Hockey League 
and will also continue his newspaper work. The first thing done by 
Rodden to rebuild the Irish for next year was to sign Dr. Bill Carson 
to a St Pat contract at a salary said to be the highest of any player 
n the league. Carson, who was captain of the University of Toronto 
squad during two of their years as Intercollegiate champions, was one 
of the most sought of amateurs ln the game. Last season with Stratford 
he was the leading goal scorer ln the Ontario Hockey Association, al- 
though his team was out of the running. Rodden has also arranged for 
the transfer of contract of his brother Eddie, now playing on the Pad no 
coast 



Cartoonist Now felling Tips 

"Ike Abestos" Is selling tips on the races, $25 weekly, with four 
'specials" promised. Bills are being given out at the Jamaica track to 
that effect. "Ike" is the cartoonist formerly on the New York "Evening 
World" and later on "The Journal" who tipped winners in his daily 
cartoons, without charge. They attracted no little attention for a while. 



DallyTn On Racket' 

A racing daily that is getting most of its Income from tipsters' ad- 
vertisements seems set to open up in opposition to the tipsters it ad* 
vertises. The paper is announcing a pamphlet for $6 each that contains 
the same information the tipsters charge for each day and pay the 
paper to advertise it. 



Bookies Paying $6 Weekly 

With the start of the metropolitan racing season at Jamaica last 
week the bookmakers in front of the grandstand «.galn pay but $6 weekly 
for the privilege. That amount Is to cover incidentals and is not paid 
to the track, direct. The daily charge of former days for bookmakers 
at the New York tracks has been done away with. It's likely the 
members of the racing association did not wish to chance being that 
closely connected with "oral" betting. 

Betting Commissioner Barred 

Among the early Incidents of the Jamaica meet was the betting com- 
missioner of a well known and high betting turfite being "requested" 
not to attend the meeting. His principal was not at that track on the 
day the "request" was made. No publicity was given the incident and 
the track direction wanted no publicity on It The same turfite when 
debarred ln the South during the winter applied for an injunction 
against discrimination being exercised against himself. 

Small Attendance At Start 

Small attendance marked the early days of the Jamaica meet last 
week. After the opening and until Saturday the daily crowd did not 
exceed 5.000 people. Friday the grand stand looked bare. In the club- 
house a couple of the largest books did not go on. Most of the at- 
tendance was the wise mob or snapshooting class with few of the 
public pfesent In betting it became the matter of dog eat dog, making 
it all the harder both ways. 

One observer said either the betting public had gone broke or had 
left so many markers with the books none dared show up, with not 
enough new ones to replace them. 



FIGHTERS IN PICTURES 



Winesses for the accused stated that Thaheld, inventor of the Humming 
he only pushed her aside. Judge I Mrd, the plane which crashed with 
Joseph Schulman dismissed the I Kay Freeman at Brea, Cal. It was 
charges, much to the apparent dls- I feared that Thaheld, whose car was 
gust of Miss Seely, wh« threatened found in Santa Ana canyon, had 
to take the case to a higher court. I become insane when his friend was 

The Rlalto wiseacres say that all killed by the falling plane and com 
publicity concerning the affair | mitted suicide, 
should be followed by the familiar 

sign (advt). | Jean St. Cyr, wealthy clubman of 

San Mateo, will sell his Burlingame 
Edward Peple's farce, "A Pair of estate with the possibility of corn- 
Sixes," was presented as the annual i n g to Hollywood to enter pictures, 
play of the- Socand Buskin Club of 



Loyola University in the Goodman 
theatre May 4. 



Jack Osterman was hit over the 
head with a ginger ale bottle ilung 
by Kathryn Bay in Texas Gul- 
nan's night club. Jack entered the 
club, according to the story, and 
saw Kathryn sitting at a table with 
William Boyd. According to a tab- 
loid, almost everytne knows that 
Jack and Kathryn are in low, or 
were. When Jack exhibited his tem- 
per, Kate threw. It was around 6 in 
the morning. Someone tipped "The 
Mirror" to the story. 



Pending her suit for divorce from 
Samuel R. Fadden, music publisher. 
Mrs. Thejma Fadden of 269 West 
72d street, was awarded $75 woek- 
c 'ly temporary alimony. Mrs. Fad- 
den charges her husband with mis- 
conduct with a woman. The Fatl- 
dens were married in 1918 in Indi- 
ana. 



John Barrymore has signed a 
one-year contract with United Art- 
ists. His first picture will be "The 
Vagabond Lover." 



Nina Wilcox Putnam, charging 
desertion, was awarded a divorce 
from R. J. Sanderson ln West Palm 
Beach, Fla. Miss Putnam said her 
husband left her ln 1923. A pre- 
vious decree of divorce, granted ln 
January, 1924. at Providence, R. L, 
was vacated when It was shown 
that Miss Putnam had not estab- 



Dorothy Devore has left for a 
four-week vacation in Honolulu, 
, where she has theatrical Interests. 

Geraldlne Markham, dancer, who 
filed suit for $100,000 against Wol- j Both Harry Langdon and his wife, 
cott Blair as a result of injuries she Rose Frances Langdon from whom 
snys she received while riding in his he is separated, denied that either 
automobile, is just seeking pub- Intended to bring immediate divorce 
llcity, according to Mrs. Watson proceedings. Mrs. Langdon is 
Blair, Wolcott's mother. "We did hiving at the /home of the pair, 
everything for the girl that money while the comelftan is residing ln 
could accomplish after the accident," a bungalow on the United Studio 
Mrs. Blair said. "When she signed | lot 
that release she had recovered com 

plctely." » | Ora Carew, screen actress, was 

arrested in Santa Monica for falling 
Contracts have been let for the I to stop at a boulevard Intersection 
enlargement of the Coliseum to ac- while driving her car. She gave 
commodate the thousands expected bail for her appearance ln court and 
to attend the International Euchar- | her age as 33 
istlc Congress to be held in Chicago 

during June. | J. Van Den Akker, Hollywood 

jeweler, obtained Judgment for $1,- 
Herman Doyle, carpenter, arrest- I 500 against Constance Bennett for 
ed on the complaint of Minnie Reed, three bracelets he made for her 
whom he offered a career and $100 | which were returned, 
a week as a dancer in his act ln 

vaudeville, was fined $100 by Judge I James Cullen Land Is, screen ac 
Frank M. Padden in the Town Hall tor, was ordered to pay Mignon Le 
court Doyle claims he has a black- Brun Landis $350 back alimony ln 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

More pugs an . ex-pugs are being 
used in "Woman Power," the Harold 
MacGrath story, Interpreted for the 
screen by Harry Beaumont at the 
Fox lot, than one can see in the 
ring at fistic encounters. 

Among these working are Gene 
Delmont, Bob Ryan, "Texas Kid," 
Frank Brondatta. Charlie Sullivan, 
Frankie Adams, Johnny Trambl- 
tlas and Jimmy Dime. 

The story is that of a wealthy 
young fellow who after dissipating 
decides to reform and goes to a 
fighter to train, squaring himself by 
ringside encounters. Ralph Graves 
; playing the male lead with Kath- 
erlne Perry opposite. Also in the 
picture are William Walling and 
Ralph Sipperly. 

William Counselman Is supply- 
ing the comedy for the picture. 



free act and was 
promises. 



serious ln 



LOS ANGELES 

Jack Coogan, Sr., was named sec 



his I four days or go t: Jail. Lend la re 
cently paid off part of the debt he 
owed his ex -wife, but failed to come 
through with the total amount 



The divorce action brought by Dr 
Harry W. Martin against his wife, 



retary of the "Pageant of Liberty" Sylvia Breamer Martin, screen ac« 
committee which will stage & tress, was dismissed when a recon- 
tableaux at the Coliseum here on | dilation was effected. 
July 6. 

Mrs. Lois Dana Gibson, mother 
Jaquellne Logan has sold her ' of Muriel Frances Dana, screen 
Beverly Hills home to Eph Asher child, was awarded $15 a week all- 



Pari-Mutuel Upheld in Mont. 



Seattle, May 4. 

Pari-mutuel betting on horse 
racing won out la the Supremo 
Court of Montana. Suit had been 
brought to recover a "bet" lost at 
the parl-mutuel ln Helena during 
the state fair. 

The court's decision said the $2 
put up by reputed owners of horses 
as an entrance fee !s not gambling, 
ln conflict with the Montana state 
penal code, and is permissible. 



mony from Harry K. Gibson wnon 
she testified that she had dislo- 
cated her hip and wus unable to 
work. Judge Gates ordered Mrs. 
Gibson to the General Hospital for 
inspection to verify her story. 



BOXING FRANCHISES FOR 
TWIN CITIES ASKED 



Minneapolis, May 4. 

Tom Andrews, sports writer and 
promoter of Milwaukee, was in 
town conferring with Fox & 
Krause, burlesque impresario?, and 
Harry Hlrsch, manager of the Gay- 
ety, with regard to obtaining the 
boxing franchises for Minneapolis 
and St. Paul, now owned by a group 
of business men, headed by Captain 
Billy Fawcett, publisher of Whiz- 
Bang and other magazines. It Is 
understood that the.. essential fea- 
tures of the transfer of the fran- 
chises to the Andrews group have 
been worked out to ir"tual satis- 
faction with the Boxing Commis- 
sion's okay assured. 

Two fight clubs, one In each of 
the Twin Cities, will pass to the 
new syndicate. Harry Hlrsch will 
handle the Minneapolis club, while 
another theatre manager, William 
Pickens, of the St. Paul theatre, will 
handle the St. Paul club. Andrews 
will act ns match maker. 



Ronald Korstnngen, known as 
"Knockout Kelly" In boxing circles, 
was held to answer murder charges 
growing out of the death of Christie 
Hlackmore In 192r.. J :!at ■kmr.ro die d 
of a fractured skull resulting from 



Ml 



Booking" Conviction 

Convicted of bookmaking in the 
Court of Special Sessions William 
Harrison, clork, of 538 West 181 st 
street, was sentenced to 30 days In 
the workhouse, but the justices 
suspended the sentence upon Harri- 
son's promise to refrain from mak- 
ing book ln the future. 

Harrison was arrested Jan. 28 by 
Policeman Joseph McCormack of 
the Third Division who testified to 
having observed the defendant ac- 
cept numerous bets on races from 
men who visited Harrison's store. 
When the detective arretted the 
clork several "pay off" slips were 
found In his pocket. 



being attacked on a street corner 
after a tiafilc accident. 



Wtdnesday, May 5, 1926 



TIMES SQUARE 



VARIETY 



39 



NASTY DETAILS 

BEFORE DAVIS 
ACQUITTAL 



Shot B. -Man Davit in 
Self-Defente — Edith 
Parker Davis Testified 



Walter Reade Started 
To "Wreck the Place* 

Walter Reade. of 826 Weit End 
avenue, who classifies himself as 
manager," said to be connected 
with Reade'a Theatrical Enterprises, 
112 West 34th street, was discharged 
on his own recognizance by the 
Justices of Special Sessions. 

Reade had appeared in court ready 
for trial on a charge of wilfully de- 
stroying property on the complaint 
of Charles and Benjamin Cohen, 
ticket brokers of 1531 Broadway. 
At the request of the complainants 
■and -nr tha^ consent of 4h*--Di*4r4et- 
Attorney the case was dismissed 
without a hearing. It watt said 
Reade had made a monetary settle- 
ment of the damage he is said to 
have caused the Cohens. 

According to the complaint, 



Edith Parker Davis, the former 
•Vanities" show girl and ex-model, 
was acqoittod by a Jury in General 
Sessions 'Thursday of a charge of Reade, who lives at 326 West End 
felonious assault in having shot B. avenue, called at the Cohen Agency 
Alan Davis, her erstwhile lover, In on the afternoon of March 2. There 
the apartment of Henry Wagstaff he was greeted by Benjamin Cohen 
Sribble the playwright, last July. An argument started over some un- 
file Jury was out less than two known cause. According to the 
Jours when It announced Its ver- story told by the Cohens at the 
Alct to Judge Joseph F. Mulqueen. time Reade started to "wreck the 
Following the verdict. Miss Davis Place." He was not subdued until 
became hysterical and had to be Part of a counter had been destroyed 
carried from the courtroom. 

Later she had this to say: 

"I hope Davis and his friends who 
testified against me are satisfied 
now. They knjw throughout the 
trial that I was innocent, and I shot 

Davis In self-defense after hearing | in court Friday the details of the 
the* three plot to attack me. 

"I feel very sorry for the new 
Mrs. Davis and hope she wll'. not 
live the life I did with Davis. I 
also hope she will not have to sup 
port him, as I did for nearly two 
years. If she sticks with him long 
enough she will have to keep him. 
Going Away 

Miss Davis denied she had re 
eeived offers from musical comedy 
managers, stating that she was go- 
ing away for a long rest. She said 
she would return to the "White 



'ROUND THE SQUARE 



'Common Gamblers' Charge 
Barry-Hendricks Held 



Carroll Quiz Continuing 
Earl Carroll continues to be a subject of investigation by the office of 
the federal district attorney (Buekner) in New York. Carroll la under 
Indictment for perjury through the Carroll Theatre bathtub party, with 
the district attorney apparently continuing in an attempt to procure 
all of the evidence possible In connection with the affair. Times Square 
citizens are continually being selected for a visit to the D. A. olHce in 
the quest for information. 



Lay -Off on "Burlesque Beach" 
They call the northwest corner of 7th avenue and 47th street "Bur- 
lfssqun -BeAClk" ... __Wjlh ^returning burlesquers fast increasing, the daily 
gathering of players at the Columbia apex has resulted in the "TJerveti" 
becoming exceedingly popular. 



Tobacco Cutting Price Battle 
The chain smoke shops are waging one of their perennial price cut- 
ting wars. One Arm is selling the more popular brands of butts at two 
for a quarter while the other continues to maintain tho standard price 
but Is issuing double coupons. 



also more than a dozen picture 
frames and other ornaments. 

Reade was Anally arrested after 
Ben Cohen got a couple of police- 
men. 

As there was no testimony taken 



Evidence of Unpopularity 

What was construed as concrete evidence of unpopularity occurred 
the other morning in a night club where a snow balling number is 
•usually a riot of laughter or anger. A woman well known to Broadway 
and elsewhere with an escort dropped into the club Just as the snow 
balling thing happened. It aeemed as though everyone In the place 
selected her for the target They pelted her unanimously, whereas 
usually the patrons throw at one another. In the midst of the fulisade 
the young woman got up and departed, marking the Incident all the 
more. 

The "snow balls" are of small white soft felt, about the size of a golf 
ball. They sting if hitting a sensitive spot. When thrown by some of 
he former ball players at 3 a. m., after they have forgotten everything 
but the moment, the balls can create some havoc. 



quarrel between Reade and the Co- 
henR did not become public. 



GAMBLING CHARGE FALLS 

Peter Manas, a waiter, of 238 
West 3Sth street was freed in the 
Court of Special Sessions Friday 
after a trial on the charge of main- 
taining a room for gambling on the 
second floor of 649 fcth avenue. 
Policeman Fred Muus, of the Second 
Division, testified he had placed 



Manas under arrest April 8 after 
Lights stronger than ever, as I ^an | the waiter had admitted conducting 
never be away from them for long." 



Miss Davis was indicted for hav 
tag shot her actor commcn-law hus 
band during a fight In Gribble's 
apartment July 7 last. One of the 
three shots flred struck Davis be 
neath the left ear. He was in the 
Polyclinic Hospital for many weeks 
Gribble and Melvln Anderson, the 
former's stage manager, were In 
the apartment at tho time. Both 
testified against Miss Davis at the 
trial 

Testimony of "wild" and "queer" 
parties was given at the trial. Miss 
Davis on the stand in her own de- 
fense told the jurors of the strange 
actions of the three men when Jhe 



a room at the 8th avenue address. 

The officer testified he found sev- 
eral men shooting crap. Manas de- 
nied the officer's story. As the evi- 
dence was insufficient the Justices 
freed the waiter. 



tant to testify against the defend- 
ant. 

Davis said Miss Davis had called 
at the Gribble apartment and de- 
manded that he, Davis, return J.o 
the Princeton with her. He told 
her he could not slight his friends 
by leaving them so abruptly. He 
advised her to go home and he 



. would follow later. She refused, 
called at the apartment on the day and he took her , nto R bedroom to 

of the shooting. pacify her. Unable to do so, he 

The young woman told a graphic | turned to leave her when he heard 



story of her life with Davis, declar- 
ing he frequently beat her and kept 
all the money she earned. She de 
dared that 1 «.st spring Davis had 
administered morphine tablets to 
her and that as a result sho was 
under the care of a physician for 
several weeks. 

The defendant testified that on 
the day before the shooting she 
had had a quarrel with Davis in 
their suite In the Trinccton Hotel 
He took $100 from her, all the 
money she had, and then locked her 
in the apartment. The next day 
she said Davis called her up and 
told her to call at Gribble's apart 
ment, 63 West 49th street, where 
he was having dinner. Arriving 
there, she found tte Miree men, she 
testified, dressed lr "ladies" vests, 
small boudoir caps on their heads 
and pink kimonas. She told them 
she would return later when they 
were dressed. 

Returning to the a.); rtmcnt about 
15 minutes later she found the men 
in decent attire. She then demanded 
that Davis return to her the $100 
he had taken. He led her into a 
bedroom and left hor there. She 
says «he then hc*;rr the three plan 
to injure her. 

After Publicity 

"Becoming frightened, I attempt 
*d to leave the place, but Duvi* held 
me in the bedroom, He then ob 
tained a revolver and suggested 
that I fire three shots through the 
Window, this would attract atHn 
tion and result in valuable publicity 
for him. He said he would fake up 
a story for the newspapers to the 
«*«>ct that I had attempted to kill 
him during a jealous raj?<\ 

' When I refused he attempted to 
strike mo. In the struggle the shots 
wprp flred. Seeing Davis fall. I left 
the apartment in a daze and was 
stopped by a police officer a few 
minutes later." 

Tho trial began Tuesday. Davis 
Was the first witness for the prose- 
cution. He apparently was relue- 



three shots. The last ono struck 
him in the head and he lost con 
sciousness. 



Davis Dsnies 

Davis denied he and his friends 
were undressed or Intoxicated when 
Miss Davis first entered the party 
and vigorously denied he and his 
friends had threatened her or plot- 
ted to do her barm. 

Both Gribble and Anderson on the 
stand for the prosecution corrobo 
rated Davis' story of the actual 
shooting as far as they could. Each 
denied he was intoxicated at the 
lime and refuted the assertion by 
the defenso that " they were only 
partially dressed or attired in 
women's clothing. 

Judge Wahle, counsel for Miss 
Davis, sought to have read into 
the record a long perfume^ letter 
on blue paper, admittedly Written 
by Anderson to Davis and signed 
"Hulda." The contents of the let 
ter were unfit for publication. This 
fact was made clear when Judge 
Mulqueen refused to permit it to 
be read to the Jury, saying: "We 
will not have any filth Injected into 
this case, unless it has to do di 
rectly with tho assault." 

Judge's Charge 

In his charge to t*o jury, Judgt 
Mulqueen suld that if the woman 
was telling the truth regarding the 
threat to harm her, sho was justi- 
fied in killing not only Davis, but j 
tho other two nun, if need on to 
protect hnself. 

Miss Davis has ln?d a hectic ca- 
reer. She was married at 13 to a 
boyhood sweetheart in her home 
town, Little Rock, Ark.; divorced at 
14; married again at 17, deserted 
six months later; came to New 
York and became a model. In 15»23 
she met Davis and they lived to- 
gether for over two yea a. 

Davis, since the shooting, has be- 
come the husband of "Peggy" SI 
non, show girl. 



Red Gallagher Takes Up Advertising 

Basil (Red) Gallagher, reporter, formerly with the "Evening World" 
has Joined the advertising forces of the "Evening Telegram." "Rod," as 
he is reverentially called by his friends, for years "covered" the Times 
Square section for the "World." The "sorel topped" youth made an 
enviable reputation as a news gatherer. His knowledge of the doings 
of the "supper clubs" was quickly realized and "Red" had many offers 
from newspapers to become a Broadway columnist. 

Gallagher's duties now are to gather theatrical advertising. He was 
welcomed by many in the theatre business when they learned of his new 
"racket" Neil Klngsley, veteran advertising expert on the "Evening 
Sun" was chairman of a dinner given to "Red." More than 200 friends 
gathered. 

Women Shopping On Parking Fee 

Parking automobiles In the downtown sections of Los Angeles Is 
rather a complicated proposition, especially for women shoppers. They 
must pay 35c. and 60c. to leave their cars in a parking station. 

A furniture concern opened a new 12-story building about three blocks 
from the present shopping center. It made a deal with an automobile 
parking garage to have men at the curbing In front of the store to 
handle machines for the patrons of the establishment, while they shopped, 
free of charge. 

Some of the rather astute and clever women of Los Angeles quickly 
caught on to the gag and decided that they could do their downtown 
shopping and theatre going without paying any parking fee. Now the 
young women take their automobiles to this store, give it to the liveried 
young man. getting a ticket for it, enter the establishment, go out 
through another door to the theatre, return to the establishment, walk 
out again and hand their ticket and have their automobile delivered to 
the door without any charge. 

When this store first started parking cars, they handled about ISO 
a day. Since tho thrifty women have gotten on to the Idea, the carriage 
man at the establishment asserts they hav* from 1,200 to 1,800 cars 
every day. 

8ight Seeing Buses With Glass Roofs 
Several sight seeing buses leaving from the Square these days have 
glass roofs, the foresightcd promoters evidently figuring to avert law- 
suits for dislocated necks. 



Runners Go Through Traffic 

One of the strangest sights around Times Square wa^made by the 

.... ■»# — . v. _„ The con- 



runners competing Saturday in the modified Marathon race, 
[est w one similar to it has been a yearly fixture but with the increasing 
motor vehicle traffic the routing of the race through the busiest inter- 
action of ' thoroughfare, in tho world seemed incongruous. The runners 
themselves took chances dodging trolleys a-xd autos. Cops saved many 
of them from injury 



Jack Parry and Thomas Hend- 
ricks, who said they were retired 
farmers, were held in $1,000 ball 
each for the Grand Jury when ar- 
raigned before Magistrate Flood In 
West Side court on charger, of be- 
ing common gamblers. 

Barry and Hendricks were ar- 
rested by Detective Beake, Chief In- 
spector Lahey's staff, in an apart- 
ment at 54th street and 7th avenue 
where the detective said he found 
a roulette wheel in operattcrrr and 
three women players. Tho women, 
after giving their names and ad- 
dresses, were permitted to leave. 

Tho detectives received a "tip" 
that women were going to this 
apartment and gambling. Inspector 
Lahey assigned Beake and other 
detectives to the case. The sleuths 
went to the 5th floor by way of 
the servants' entrance and knocked 
on the door. When admitted they 
Immediately went to a bedroom and 
found the women circled about the 
roulette table with chips in front 
of them. 

Beake said one of the women told 
him she was $375 loser, while an- 
other claimed $."»00 winner. Barry 
and Hendricks were then arrested 
and the roulette wheel confiscated. 
The detectives said that they re- 
ceived information large sums of 
money were lost and won regularly 
and that some of the players were 
society women. 

Barry nor Hendricks did not take 
the witness stand in their own de- 
fense or offer an explanation. Both 
said they never had been convicted 
before and for that reason Magis- 
trate Flood fixed a minimum bail. 



Girl Didn't Scream; 

Chiropodist Discharged 

*Any time that I go to a chiropo- 
dist to have my toes manicured I 
will always take my mother along," 
started Carrin Tolstinson, 21, maid, 
employed at 605 West End avenue, 
when she lost her case in West Ride 
Court against Joseph Maimone, 26. 
barber and chiropodist, with his 
beauty parlor at 247t Broadway. 
Maimone, according to the police, is 
a partner. 

Maimone was arretted on a scrl- 
cus charge filed by the maid who 
alleged she went to the beauty par- 
lor to have her feet cared for. Lihe 
sat in the chair in place and Mai- 
mouo became "fresh." she charged. 
Fhc feared to summon tho police, 
but told her madame the next day. 
She was advised to complain. She 
to i notified detectives Tom Dlnrcn and 
James Donnelly of the West J 00th 
street station. 

The 1 ntt<r arrested Maimone in 
his beauty parlor. He denied the 
chars**. AsKistant District. Attorney 
James Magee conduced the proy- 
cution. The attorney for the de- 
fense queried us to why Miss Tol- 
stinson failed to scream for aid. Il« r 
answer was that she "feared" Mai- 
mone. Lack of corroboration and 
evidence prompted Magistrate Flood 
to discharged Maimone. 



SCHENCK'S CAR FOUND 

Two 



Chorus Girls and Dance 
Hostesses with Filipinos 

"Get out of my court as fast -mm 
you can and never return before 
me." shouted Magistrate John V. 
Flood to five young girls, arrested 
on the charge of disorderly conduct 
in an apartment where Ave Filipinos 
were also arrested. The Filipinos 
were arrested on the same charge. 
Two of the latter were charged with 
additional complaints, one of violat- 
ing the Volstead law and the other 
with bribery. 

Three of the girls told newspaper 
men that they were rehearsing with 
the road show of "Artists and Mod- 
els." The other two stated that they 
were Instructors at "Happyland 
dance hall," Mrd street and Colum- 
bus avenue. The girls gave their 
names as "Bobby" Denison (correct, 
Rose Dlneslo), 19, actress, 71 Edison 
street, Bloomfleld, N. J.; her sister, 
Anna, 23. actress, same address, and 
Grace Tyson, 19, actress, same ad- 
dress; Blanche Anton. 18, Instructor, 
504 11th avenue, and Elizabeth Con- 
way, 18, Instructor, 504 11th avenue. 

The five girls and five Filipinos 
were taken out of an apartment at 
101 West 83rd street about 4 a. m. 
They were arrested by Patrolmen 
George Wandllng and Daniel Tan- 
sey. Tenants In the building com- 
plained of the jazz music and the 
screams of the girls. They were 
loaded into a patrol bus and locked 
up in Went SOth street police sta- 
tion for the night. 



♦5,000 



Auto 8tolen Nearly 
Months Ago 



Joseph SchencU of Van and 
Schenck at the Panvdy Club re 
celved glad tidings last night from 
detectives James Fltzpatrlck and 
Henry McCaddln of the West 47th 
street station when they informed 
him that his car, valued at $6,000, 
was located in a garage at Tucka 
hoe, N. Y. The car was stolon from 
62nd and Broadway. 

The car was in charge of his 
chauffeur, Herman Turk. The lat 
ter stepped into a store for a few 
seconds on the night of March 
When he returned the auto was 
gone. Fitzpatriek and McCaddln 
sent out an alarm. 

Tho garage owner furnished 
description to the police of tho man 
who brought the car In. They are 
seeking him. 



TYPEWRITER ARRESTS 

Helm: h-y Winfleld, 20, playing in 
"Iyiiln 1JHW'," and residing at 24 
Wolf stre.t. Yonkers, N. Y., and 
Ke*linor.d Magce, 19, dr.-iurrht^man. 
102 Allison nvmije, VonketM. N. V.. 
wen; fr»" d in West Side Court on 
the charge, of HU.~.i-i'i'<n of grand 
larceny. 

Doth were arrested by Detective- 
Charles Stapleton of the West 47th 
street station who locked the pair 



CIRCUS SPEC. HELD 

Geo. Harris Charged Policewoman 
$2 For 76 Cent Ticket 

George Harris, ticket broker, 666 
West 140th street, was excoriated 
by Assistant District Attorney 
James Magce In West Bide Court 
when aralgned on a charge of vio- 
lating the General Business law, 
which pertains to overcharging for 
amusement tickets. After the hear- 
ing Harris was held In $600 ball for 
trial in Special Sessions. 

Harris was arrested on complaint 
of Policewoman McLaughlin. She 
testified that she went to Harris's 
establishment opposite Madison 
Square CJarden and purchased a 75 
cent ticket for the circus for whfeh 
she was charged $2. She then sum- 
monod another detective and caused 
the arrest of Harris. 



up on the alleged theft of a porluhlo 
typewriter valued at $C0. The de- 
tective made the arrest /m the com- 
plaint of Walter K. Kl^hards, pub- 
lit: lecturer, 108 West 59th street. 

Itieliards charged that his type- 
writer was stolen last December. 
Tho detect he placed an alarm In 
second hand typewriter stores and 
finally located It. As a result, Win- 
field and Mageo were arrested. Both 
denied the rharge. 



40 



VARIETY 



WOMEN'S PAGE 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



THE DRESSY SIDE 



By SALLIE 



Thrills Tn -Hell Bent" 

In "Hell Bent Fer Heaven" at Warner's, a scheming, designing chore boy 
whose love for the girl (Patsy Ruth Miller) makes his greed and selfish- 
ness to possess her, Is ruthless in his attempt to stop at nothing to gain 
his end. He commits murder, dynamites a dam (the big thriller of the 
picture) and meets his Waterloo by drowning, but mild punishment for 
him. This picture has many tense, exciting scenes nnd moments 
The mother role is most human and pl^ytd admirably hy Mlas -Selbie 



Her dressing is that of a faraway farm-house, but she holds her family 
with love and understanding rather than clothes, and It is a beautiful 
character. 

Miss Miller goes through \ siege of torn heart-strings, always smiling. 
Even when rescued from the flood, she looked lovely In her simple 
white country frock. It had sash and lace frills edging the short sleeves. 

The wrecking of the dam is tremendous in Its photography and a 
great screen thriller. "Hell Eent Fer Heaven," aside from its few short- 
comings, should be due for a long stay. 



'Cello Recital 

Wilmer Willerson, 15, studying abroad for five years, gave a 'cello 
recital to a crowded house at Aeolian Hall. Miss Willerson is easily in 
a class of great musicians. She looked very nice in a simple rose taffeta 
frock trimmed with ruching of same and small flowers at shoulder. Her 
twin sister who is also an unusual violinist la now playing in Mengel- 
berg's Syn.. hony Orchestra in Vienna. 

The talent of both these girls is inherited, their mother having been 
a professional 'cellist and their father a pianist. 

At the Hip 

Mrs. Park Benjamin in her dash from society to the stage is at the 
Hip, singing in a lyric soprano key. Her voice, if not great, is good. 
She has an attractive stage presence, fair, and looked well in a stylish 
evening gown of white made quite short and decollette. With this she 
carried a blue feathered fan which gave the needed color touch. 

Singers like musicians come and go and only the poor ones seem to 
live forever but the dancer appearing with the Roman Sport Act, 
Madame Rhea, Is apt. She is most graceful and looked lovely in an 
odd black velvet affair. The back has an apron full effect, ruffled and 
embroidered in brilliants and her bodice Is held in place by jewelled 
straps. She wore a pretty bandeau for headdress and pink fleshings. 

The Albertlna Rasch Girls looked striking, In their white slashed skirts 
with tight fitting bodices and Roman scarlet chiffon capes. They carried 
hemlets of gold and gold swords. 

The three star divers, Helen Wainwrlght, Alloen Riggen and Gertrude 
Ederle (the latter near success in swimming the English Channel making 
her world known), appeared in flowered satin bathing capes under which 
Is worn high colored bathing suits. The set is the waters of Lake 
Worth. 

Cathleen Pope gilded over the ice in the skating act dressed in pink, 
as did the Kitsch Girls in white. It is a spirited act. 



"Skinner's" a Laugh 

Reginald Denny is wearing his own "Skinner's Dress Suit" at the 
Rivoli this week. It's an irresistible laugh, especially his teaching Laura 
La Plante the "Savannah Shuffle." She is best suited to these roles. 
1 Miss La Plante's twinkling toes as well as dimples are delicious. She 
can Charleston too, wearing simple frocks in tune with the present 
, dancing style, very short, sleeveless, neckless, in fluffy materials. One 
' standing out is a pink with full flare skirt, tiny basque, worn with silver 
slippers and flesh hose. "Skinner's Dress Suit" it very refreshing. 



CHORUS GIRLS SERIOUS 
ON CLUBHOUSE IDEA 



Friday's Meeting at Liberty 
Lightly Attended — Another 
to Be Called for Tett 



LADIES OF 
THE ENSEMBLE 

By R08E ADAIRE 



June Sparks gave a party in Phil 
adelphla to the girls in "Queen 
High." Not a better place known 
to have a party says Junle. 



Dorothy Roy is moving but not 
out of Brooklyn, only to a different 
house. 



Blanche O'Brien and Lucille God- 
dard are going Into vaudeville with 
Koger Gray's act. 



Florence Qulnn ("Artists and 
Models") has announced her com- 
ing marriage to Frank Trado, 
vaudevilllan. 



Why the rush? Thelma Holllday 
is always In a hurry. 



Marion Dale is leaving "Vanities" 
for the Silver Slipper floor revue. 



Lillian Thomas, Vivian Carmody, 
May Page and some other "Vani- 
ties" chorines planned a day's out- 
ing — and went to the circus. 



Noel Francis and Doris Dickin- 
son are in the new Clro floor revue. 



Olivette Florentine has left "Van- 
ities." 

Anita Banton, recovered from her 
illness. Is going to Atlantic City be- 
fore returning to "Vanities." 



Sybil Bursk and Winnie Seale are 
opening with the new Shubert mu- 
sical. "Temptations." 



Grace George, specialty girl, has 
handed In her notice to Greenwich 
Village "Follies." Grace Elhew, 
with the same show, has been re- 
placed by Gretchen Reinhardt. 



Margy Bailey has decided It's a 
lot of trouble bringing up a dog. 
Ambitious to make money as all 
other chorines are, Margy has an 
idea she will soon publish her first 
edition of how to raise pups. 



Lillian Thomas is out of the "Van- 
ities" for a few weeks. Just vaca- 
tioning. 



A press stunt for "Tip Toes" 
turned into a serious Idea when 30 
chorus girls met Friday afternoon 
at the Liberty, to discuss a possible 
chorus giris' clubhouse. 

Several of the musicals had re 
hearsals Friday afternoon which 
may have accounted for the light 
attendance. Another meeting is to 
_ be held within two weeks when 
I a larger number is anticipated, 
r Should that develop and the en- 
thusiasm of the girls of Uie first 
meeting continue, the club house 
plan will be proceeded with. 

A benefit for chorus girls in 
furtherance of the club house Is now 
on the tapis. It will be an in- 
novation in theatricals. 

It Is promised that the chorus 
girls will be notified in plenty of 
time for the next meeting. The 
club house plan by organized chorus 
girls does not interfere with Equity 
and Doraffty Bryant, of Chorus 
Equity, has signified her approval. 

Teddy Doner acted as temporary 
chairman (or president) at the Fri- 
day meeting. Winnie Beck was ap- 
pointed vice-president and Phyllis 
MJrfron, secretary, both temporary 
also. 

Newspaper Men There 

It was five before fhe meeting 
formally opened. It had been called 
for three. Among the girls pres- 
ent were some from "Song of 
Flame," "Nanette" and "Tip Toes" 
(with "Tip Toes" placing at the 
Liberty). A few girls unengaged 
at present were also there, along 
with some newspaper men. The 
latter "kidded" the meeting a bit 
Id their stories the next day. 

A club house Is wanted by the 
girls for their convenience when 
playing or rehearsing In New York, 
as a home where they may live In- 



Adorable O'Brien Sisters 
In King Act at Palace 

Charles King was well greeted in 
his new act at the Palace theatre 
on Monday afternoon. With Mr. 
King are the adorable O'Brien Sis- 
ters. Violet McKee, Sidney Franklin 
at the piano and George Moeser, 
who does a lightning Charleston — 
and how! Tho O'Brien Sisters, one 
a blonde and the other a brunet, 
first appear in cute pink ruffled cos. 
tnmes. They indulge In some soft- 
shoe dancing with Mr. King, and 

change to white rhlnestone-studded 
costumes with an enormous maline 
bow in the back as the only trim- 
ming, to do an excellent buck rou- 
tine. 

Miss MeKeo sings well, has a 
pleasing personality and could kick 
her way Into the heart of any audi- 
ence. She first wears a flame color 
gown with a sunburst of rhinestones 
on the bodice. The entire skirt is 
made of feathers. A white fluffy 
dress Is worn in the finale that 
gracefully whirls around when she 
kicks. 

Charlotte Greenwood makes her 
entrance In a white evening coat 
trimmed with white fox that con- 
ceal a white gown lavishly decorat- 
ed with feathers. 

Kitty Doner, after discarding her 
male attire, appears in an all-white 
costume with red feather trimming. 

Blospom Scelcy wears a peach 
eolor ensemble with white fox. She 
has several new songs. A Spanish 
costume is very effective with a 
skirt of black taffeta, a pink bodice 
and a blue bandanna. Carrying n 
large feather fan and wearing a 
fluffy white dress, Miss Seeley con- 
cludes the act with some poppy 
melodies. 



expensively. This same idea often 
In recent years has been broached 
in private by producers or others 
but no definite step was ever taken 
as a follow up, until the girls got 
together last Friday. There is no 
doubt but the plan would have 
managerial support, if the girls 
place it Into active ^'clptonoe. 



Doris Wilson is breaking Into the 
movies. 



Cyrllla Casey Is going to be in the 
new Silver Slipper Revue. 



Eleanor Brooks has had her nose 
operated on. Don't know yet how 
It turned out. 

Marilyn Felix, Infant daughter of 
Seymour Felix, made her annual 
public appearance at the private 
performance of the Newburger 
Dancing School held at the Forrest 
theatre Sunday night. This mere 
tot followed up her la.* season's 
success by again proving a show 
stopper after intermission when 
she went into a "strip" number to 
be capped by a "hot" Charleston. 

Miss Felix has now reached the 
majestic age of five. 



Maxine Henry has a new plaid 
spring coat. Looks like the Scotch 
is coming out. 



Edith Martin seems to be tour 
ing the country over week-en* 1 . 
Syracuse last week. 



s 



Ann Woods. "Song of Flame," . 
doing toe work now. 



is 



Mae Sullivan Is 
Nanette." 



h "No, No. 



7/' 



Clair Stone is at the Gulnan 
Club. . 

Betty Waxton and Mildred 
Biower are most conspicuous be- 
cause of their silence and quiet 

ways. 



Grace Jones, "Tip Toes." was 
thrilled because hor kid brother saw 
the show. 



RIGHT OFF THE DESK 

By NELLIE REVELL 



The amateurs aren't the only ones who have a Little Theatre « 
fessionals enjoy playing with plays too. To lndutel thi i *; Pro ' 
Episcopal Actors Guild has been puUing on one new "Seton^" 11 " 6 the 
at Q Itsjittle theatre in the Guild r'oom.'at tlSTlilS CnTrlZ7o\Z°Z 

The latest one was given Monday afternoon It wa- ^,.ki 
ment for me to attend It. first because I am » membtr of tn ^ Joy - 
and secondly because this month's sketch wVwrit^ hv the , Gul1 * 
Ada Patterson, the newspaper woman written by my frlend# 

Its title was "How to Manage a Man ctmi* <» ... 
secret It did .how how to en^rfaln an au^nce nZ that 
about It to u. who know Mis. Pattern and k „ow al.o thaf 

fugitive from matrimony. Where did ahe » Tall th« J k?. Bhe ls 
scattered through the dialog and the aetYont £, mu?t ^7j ai " m 
soclatlng with some very aophl.tlcated women friend. * b< * n aa - 

After watching that sterling actreea. Minnie DunrZ. «... .v 
widow who thought ah. knew all about men w. founTih? ST "J" , wi *» 
that men can't be managed. We muat noraUyWTem-j'ueT^i- v m . * 

I^Fronmln ^Ame^me^ «•« 
atUljow^fherl £ 22?^Z£rX £\ ma^ralon ^ 

have more name, than the he?r " a Br .U.h^ukld'om 7 ^ ^ '° 
ne?at BUlV *° hapPen to m « tast * »"« "nished din- 



thl min^tT , S 8 . ter8 1 alWayB have done the original thing. Usually 
the minute a professional retires from the stage she has a craving to get 
right back to the footlights and the applause, But Rose and Nefne 
Beaumont are different They were down last week from th^ir New 
heTomedv h0 th! fl ° r * 7 U ? R ° 8e ' 8 80n ' Carles Gray, treasurer of 

£ th« hit/ * ^ Bot 5 InsiBted would be * lad to get back 

to the high open spaces of the Green Mountain state. They still like 
the stage but there isn't any money that would tempt them back to it 

^nT h i^^ bil ^ ened i < : t of tne Benedict Engraving Company thinks of Italy 
and Italians is a big compliment to America. In other words if they 
stopped all the steamship lines between New York and Mussolini's hang, 
out. Phil figures the United States would be ahead. A letter from Phil 

^ C f, t,0n I n f abl ? ad 8ays that the Itallan notel « are ™n by ths 
Fascist National Association of Jesse James, that the railroads indues 
visitors to ride so they can be fined for putting their feet on the seat 
cushions in the trains and that there ls only one country in the world— 
America! All right, Phil, hurry home. 

The news about Molly Fuller this week is good. She has entirely 
recovered from her spell of Illness and this week resumes her tour at 
the Flatbush theatre with Philadelphia to follow. And everyone's hope 
ls that the blind actress will find enough good luck during the rest of 
the season to compensate for the bad fortune— that's a mild name for 
pneumonia— that cost her bookings the first full weeks on her route 
after much split-week time. 

Mabel Fenton (Ross and Fenton), was visiting her at the Hotel Somer- 
set last week. 



Charlotte Greenwood is getting ready to sail for foreign shores for 
a vacation. She finishes her vaudeville route next week and has no 
definite plans so far for next season but is considering a musical comedy. 

Dave Altman called, sent by Willard Coxey, to get a photograph of 
me to use In the Theatrical Representatives' benefit program. He wanted 
one taken in company with other women press agents and we looked 
through every picture I had. I showed him my photos with Jack Dempsey, 
Irvln S. Cobb, Will Rogers, George 11. Cohan, Milton Sills, Tern Ityan. 
former Secretary of War Weeks, all the cartoonists of New York, all 
the male press agents and even one taken with His Eminence, Cardinal 
Hayes. But there wasn't one of me taken with other women. I guess 
I've Just never had one taken with them. They evidently don't stand 
still long enough for pictures to be snapped. It can't be that they're 
afraid of exposure. 



Wherever you find a benefit you'll find a press agent and next Sunday 
night wherever you find a press agent In New York you'll find a bene- 
fit. That's the night when the potentates of propaganda give their an- 
nual benefit at f'ecca Temple. According to the plans outlined at the 
last meeting of the Theatrical Press Representatives It will be a show 
by which future benefit promoters can date their calendars. That "Bugs" 
Baer ls to be one of the announcers Is enough to assure tho show l>eing 
what ths press agents themselves term "a laughing success." 

Incidentally people who want to know how to give benefits ought to 
apply to the Treasurers' Club of America for Information on what to 
do nnd how to do it. According to the figures supplied by Harry Nelins, 
president of the club, at the T. P. R. r-.eetlng the other night, the 
treasurers' benefit program carried $16,000 worth of advertising and the 
house was sold out a week in advance. 



Winnie Beck has a new dress ex- 
actly the color of her hair. 



Elsie Neals, "Tip Toes," has her 
car out for the summer, home of 
the girls go her way and EIhIc 
doesn't mind giving lifts. 



Betty Wright and Tony Otto have 
been out of "Tip Toes," iil. Peggy 
Gillespie, understudy, has a hard 
time filling two places. 



Ethel Maye has started a fad in 
the dressing room at the Liberty 
theatre. Children must play so 
Ethoi bought some ball and Jacks. 



Attendance at the meeting of the New York Newspaper Women's 
Club Friday night enlightened me on t./o subjects. One was the mean- 
ing of the word "yogi" wh! li is what oar guest of honor, Swami Uganda, 
was nothing else but. The other is that the New York "American" is 
going to have a Mrs. instead of a Miss Prudence Penny to run the 
woman's page. Mable Burbrldge, who is "Prudonco Penny" during 
working hours, is going to bo married to Leon C. Gray, manufacturer 
of radios. If this habit of fretting married spreads much further among 
the members, the club will be forced to re-open the "only their hus- 
bands club" made famous by the late lamented Rennold Wolf. 



Next Sunday is Mother's Day, which ought to be observed by every 
son and daughter more faithfully than any other holiday. But when 
you do observe it don't forget that if you haven't been kind and thoucht- 
ful of Mother on the other 364 days of the year It doesn't mean a thine 
to wear a carnation or send a wire on the three hundred and sixty- fifth. 



O. K. — if you don't miss numbers. 



Mabel Grete, Dorothy Brown. 
Carol Lyn. Gertrude Cole, Evelyn 
Huh and Dottle Gray of "The Girl 
Friend," spent a day at Palisades. 



Dorothy Brown rode a horse for the 
first time. Dottle Gray won salt 
sellers. (All she need?*. In an pjvirt- 
in^nt to go with them). They had 
pictures taken that were almost tin 
types. 



Wednesday, May 0, 1926 



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Vol. LXXXII 



No. 12 



15 YEARS AGO 

(From "Clipper" and Variety) 



Cohan and Harris, in association 
with H. H. Frazee, were planning 
to build a Chicago house for their 
attractions. The site of the pro- 
posed house was the old Orpheum 
theatre property adjoining the Chi- 
cago Opera House. 

Appearing on an "Old Timers" bill 
at the 5th Ave., Mrs. Annie Yea- 
mans, 72, was cheered for a minute 
upon her entrance. Every turn on 
the bill, with the exception of 
Rooney and Bent, was made up of 
the past generation of performers. 

An Apache dance in blackface 
was tried out by Bertie Herron and 
Joe Smith in vaudeville. 

A report was about that the Shu- 
berts would star Al Jolson the fol- 
lowing season, the preliminaries 
having been closed by the brothers. 



Doc Breed, managing the Brighton 
Music Hall for the summer, was 
startling the Broadway natives by 
his high prices for hot weather 
acts. He paid $3,000 weekly for 
Eva Tanguay for two weeks, Lulu 
Glaser $2,500 for one week, Louiso 
Dresser $1,600 for a week, and 
Henry E. Dixey $1,000 for the same 
length of time. 



Lillian Russell had been engaged 
by Percy O. Williams to play two 
weeks for him during the summer 
at the Colonial and Orpheum on a 
percentage basis with a guarantee 
of $2,500 weekly. 



Valeska' Surratt, in "Red Rose," 
Was preparing to follow "Madam 
Sherry" into the Colonial, Chicago, 
for a summer run. . . . Bill Macart, 
playing in Seattle, discovered a 
daughter lost 16 years before, work- 
ing as a trained nurse in a hospital 
there. . . . Julian Eltinge had closed 
a 10 weeks' engagement in Chicago 
to gross receipts of over $106,000. 
. . . Variety's Ideal Vaudeville Bill 
Contest had been decided by Wil- 
liam Morris, as judge, and first prise 
went to J. M. McLean, 721 Prior St., 
Vancouver. He selected the follow- 
ing turns in the order named: 
Pedersen Brothers, Alice Lloyd, 
Harry Lauder, Mclntyre and Heath, 
Frank Keenan and Co., Intermis- 
sion, Norworth and Bayes, Julian 
Eltinge, Nat M. Wills and Annette 
Kellerman. 



EDITORIAL 



VARIETY 



41 



Leon Victor, the agent now out 
ahead of a "Big Parade" unit, had 
just returned from a tour of 33,000 
miles ahead of "The Blue Mouse." 
• . . Hal Forde, who recently played 
vaudeville and legit here, was en- 
gaged for the Australian company 
of "The Spring Maid.' . . . L. Law- 
rence Weber, having formed an al- 
liance with Joe Weber In the legiti- 
mate, retired from burlesque. 



LITTLE THEATRES 



The Little Theatre movement in 
■ome sections of the south continues 
to Prosper and expand, an increasing 
interest on the part of the general 
Public being noted. The Little The- 
atre Guild at Johnson City, Tenn., 
has completed its second successful 
season and is planning a preten- 
tious program for next season. Car- 
roll E. King, the first director of the 
local guild, Is now business manager. 
♦ i® Llttle Theatre Guild at Brls- 

/♦K ' made lts bow laat week 
w " h tho Presentation of "Kempy" 
*»w got away to a flying start. A 
membership of more than a score of 
charter members Is being rapidly 
increased. 



CAN VAUDEVILLE BE REVIVE™ 

vnTo hf i! U !n° U ? th ? " hOW bufl,nosa ,a th <* common Impression that vaude- 
o PP ln 5 faSt " Likewis * th * amnion cause is mentioned as pu- 
n .» y V l audev,11 ° 18 meant what is known as the two-a-day vaude- 
v lie otherwise straight vaudevillc-the kind that plays without a feature 
picture on its program. 



Vaudey.lle had been growing and advancing for 35 vears! Evervone 
knows that. It has been press-agented hack and forth throughout the 
country so many times that it is now bounding back, with the slipping 
rumors, with more force than it gathered on its first lap. 

Pictures have been shooting ahead for five years! Not really five 
years. It's hardly three years and nearer two seasons that pictures in 
general commenced to find that an extra stage attraction delivered more 
gross into the box office. 



Where are the showmen who will admit that with a running start of 
33 years they would permit an opposition within two years to outdis- 
tance them? 



What reason? The «ft repeated reasons everyone has heard T Of all 
of those there are only two which carry a tinge of soundness. 

A year Is 365 days long. To be spotted 33 of those years in the show- 
manship game and lose must say something is loose somewhere. 



When Raquel Meller can do over $25,000 in four performances at $10 
top and keep it up by the week, don't dare to mention that the lower 
price of pictures Is the reason for vaudeville's slump. The Meller in- 
stance stamps forever that on the stage the people will pay for what 
they think is worth the money, no matter what the money may be. 
And Senorlta Meller will draw as well for $5 top out of town as she 
has done at $10 on Broadway. 



Therefore with vaudeville the conclusion must be that there was not 
value on the stage for the scale at the box office. Why thero was not 
value as judged by the paying patrons may be a matter of opinion. 
One opinion would be that vaudeville became but a repetition, either 
of act or types of acts: that one followed another until the paying 
patrons thought they were seeing the same bin each week. 

Or in other words and much shorter, vaudeville has been giving on 
its stages everything but vaudeville. 



"Copy acts" were endured if not encouraged because they were 
cheaper, drapes and phoney dancers, bands and phoney singers, or just 
phoney dancers or just phoney drapes or phoney revues — everything 
with everything but talent, and at a high scale— for vaudeville. "Cut 
salaries." regulatory orders back stage, catering to those who were not 
frequent paying patrons of vaudeville instead of a play to those who 
visited vaudeville weekly — an effort to curb laughter in the audience, 
an effort to "build up" vaudeville by other means than with vaudeville, 
and all of these go to say that the paying patron got In vaudeville 
everything but vaudeville — that vaudeville the patron had paid for to 
be amused by. 



the aetor will enjoy the same privileges that others do, of being em- 
ployed and paid consistently on a one-price contract. 



VI 



^^^^ • 

Show business is still precarious. The actor still is a creature of 
cissitiules, hazards, chances. 



Theatres aro solidly built Into the ground. Rut the men and women 
who p'ay in them are straws of the irresponsible winds that blow this 
way and that. Few can make themselves essential: the others are only 
stray individuals, sought for when badly wanted, shown the. door when 
unnecessary, tossed about at the pleasure of the magnates when they 
are between the top and bottom. 



In no other profession does this situation obtain. A week s work any- 
where else earns a week's pay. Then- Is stability. But in theatricals, 
especially in straight vaudeville, there L s about the same reliable 
potentiality that exists in betting on one man's horse in another mans 
book. 



If this is Mr. Albee's fault, or his error, or his don't-care, he should 
remedy it, not deplete it. Ue might better address speeches to hia 
booking men than to luncheon guests. The Cheese Club and Mayor 
Walker can do nothing towards the goal he says he seeks. He can, 
himself. In his paternal grief about the social status of actors, why 
doesn't he? 



But he, who resents that artists are not understood or appreciated, 
and that they arc viewed as 'wandering vagabonds.' prefers to toss it 
toward lay- newspapermen in the club he designed to house these 'mis- 
understood, unappreciated wanderers.' 



It was under the roof of that structure that Mr. Albee did his de- 
ploring and he certainly picked a great spot for It. 



INSIDE STUFF 



ON LEGIT 



Phil Payne, managing editor of the New York "Daily Mirror" and rated 
among the most alert newspapermen, has always had a friendly bunt for 
Broadway. Recently he took to dabbling in the backing of independently 
produced shows. He has put his own money In three attractions, two 
of which failed and the third, current, having little chance. It Is "Bunk 
of 1926" at the Broadhurst The others were "Open House." produced by 
Samuel R. Goldlng and "90 Horse Power." put on by the Marwaldean Pro- 
ductions. In the latter two actors. Ramsey Wallace and Frank Martins' 
were principally concerned. Wallace has been concerned In all thro© 
being a featured player In the latter two. He and Martins with Payne's 
assistance took over "Bunk," originally produced by the Talbott Players, 
Tne. It Is understood Payne's Investment Is coupled with that of a Mr 
Hatch. 



A vaudeville that has tried to make Its money back stage first, driving 
away its actors, producers and acts. 



Wherefore if the vaudeville showmen have failed, does that point to 
continuous failure? If the field of vaudeville has been developed for 
35 years, can it be thus pushed off the map overnight? It seems Im- 
possible. Then what must vaudeville call for to be revived? Showmen! 



"Give the people what they want and they will pay.' 
hills in showdomville, if not In vaudeville. 



As old as the 



There's the field of vaudeville, all ready for anyone who believes he's 
showman enough to reap the harvest of 35 years. Pictures, at 75c. or 
legit at $3.60, vaudeville lies in between and can be sold over the counter 
of the box office at Its proper scale. But It must bo vaudeville. 



To think of a business with an edge all of that length of time permlt- 
Ing newcomers to shove it out. It seems Incredible, beyond belief. 

Three vaudeville oppositions have arisen within the past 15 years and 
all were crushed. There were reasons for the crushing. Two of the op- 
position movements were conceived and planned for speculative pur- 
poses. The other was a sincere effort, meeting with misfortune through 
the sudden death of its financial sponsor Just as it about saw success 
ahead. 



And than regular vaudeville waa In its most healthy state. It had 
power, especially with the actor. And now look at it! 

Vaudeville can be revived. People want It but they want what they 
want, not what booking offices think they want 

Where's the Vaudeville Moses? 



At the free performance Raquel Meller gave for Equity members fast 
Sunday night In the Empire tickets were obtained by lot at the Equity 
offices. Noticeable above all else at the Sunday night show was the 
absence of the major stars, the rank and file of Equity constituting the 
largest part of the audience. About 100 people stood, the legal limit 
of the Empire's standing room. Before the Intermission, Pedro de 
Cordoba made a gracious speech of thanks to her In giving the free 
performance. 

It waa Meller herself, Incidentally, who is credited with the idea after 
hearing of some newspaper comment to the effect that the average 
actor would bo unable to pay the price of the tickets. 



An erroneous Impression that A. I* Erlanger owned a share of Henry 
Miller's theatre is corrected by Gilbert Miller, son of the actor who re- 
cently died, to the effect that Mr. Erlanger and his father constituted 
a corporation which leased the Henry Miller from Mr. Miller and other 
owners. This corporation had a five-year lease on the house. It still 
has three years to go. In It Mr. Erlanger and Gilbert Miller retain 100 
shares and It will be booked Jointly, with G. M., as an active producer, 
probably having first call. Under the leasing arrangement, the house 
was guaranteed a profit of $30,000 annually. 

A former well known producer sadly In need of a lift "flopped" himself 
out of a lucrative proposition recently because of a false Idea of ver- 
satility. A theatre for him had already been promoted and the money 
up. To celebrate, a banquet was given by the investors with the manager 
as guest of honor. The rostrum held former associates who went the 
limit In extolling his fine qualities and his ability. 

Everything registered until the manager In a moment of exhilaration 
went into a dance and "flopped" two ways by taking a fall on a bell 
kick which also flopped him out of the theatre enterprise which 
called off the following day. 



( 



ALBEE PICKED HIS SPOT 



Jose Castillo, Spanish dancer with the "Mission Play," Los Angelea, 
has given up benefits. The last three personal appearances he made 
proved disastrous. At the first of these, an unappreclatlve member of 
the audience stole his watch out of his vest. The next night he sang 
and danced out a guest went Into the dressing room and took the vest 
home for a souvenir. 

The crowning loss came at a special performance In Hollywood when 
someone went so far as to take his dress pants away while he appeared 
in his stage clothes. 



tT d0r the nr °fesMonal direction 
y Howard A. Burman, the Jewish 
Aneatre, of the Young Men's Hebrew 
Association of Baltimore will stage 
"« annual public production at the 
<»«"d Theatre en May 10. Three 
*™rt plays from the Yiddish will 
°omprise the bill. 



Rising at the luncheon of the Cheese Club. In his club building. E. F. 
Albee last week saluted the Mayor of New York City and the guests, 
and said: 

"Theatrical people are not understood or appreciated by the world at 
large. They are still regarded as wandering vagabonds"— etc. 

Mr. Albee was right — In a measure. Theatrical people aren't under- 
stood. They aren't appreciated. But they axe not still regarded as 
wandering vagabonds at all. 

Theatrical people are not understood because they are different from 
the mob; they will never be understood by the peoplo at large. They 
are not appreciated because this is a business world, and theatrical 
people are not business people. They aro ruled by temperament. pride, 
ambition and sentiment. They arc gluttons for punishment. That Is 
why they arc not understood or appreciated by a mundane, acquisitive 
world. 

But it seems scarcely true that they arc still regarded as vags. Too 
many performers have demonstrated their substantial citizenship for 
that. Only in Mr. Albee's fancy perhaps, are they still "wandering j 
vagabonds." They wander because the full-pay wf<-ks aro po few and 
far apart; they arc "vagabonds," some of them, for the same reason. 

If Mr. Albee really wants to have the artNt understood, rorogui/ed 
and relieved of the odium of his, impression that the aetor in * hotv. 
so to syvak, let Mr. Albee till in the gaps with uncut salaries, so that | 



To refute the statements of the New York "Mirror" that the Raquel 
Meller engagement at the Empire, New York, was a flop, E. Ray Goeta 
sent to all the publications of importance a statement from the auditing 
firm of Price, Waterhouse & Co.. verifying the receipts of the first seven 
performances, as reported in Variety exclusive of the opening night. 

The Meller engagement has now been made "Indefinite." Goetz haa 
exercised his option for an additional two weeks at the Empire and will 
probably run for two weeks beyond that. 



Frank Fay has been personally holding the bag for his legit venture, 
"The Smart Alec" which closed after a tryout season of two weeks but 
which Fay announces will reopen when the script Is revised. He had 
been financing with the remnants of $100,000 which he garnered on wheat 
stocks last year. Tho tryout period set him back $20,000 but this has 
not shaken his faith In the play which Is the collaborative effort of Fay 
and William A. drew, with Kay slurred. 



Chester DeVonde. who authored "Kongo" with Kilbourn Gordon, the 
producer, collaborating, is known to have lived in the Belgian Congo but 
it is not generally known that the play is based on fact. DeVonde was 
a resident of a territory dominated by a personality like the "Deadlegs" 
Mint of the play. He had an elaborate, electrical laboratory on the 
premises for general effects to impress bis supernatural power on the 
voodo-ridden na t Ives. 

Oh ir les Olden, colored aefor, who w.n nei iou*dy Wounded In Pitts- 
burgh wh« ii another S*-n • slo>t him. jh well known in New York colored 
cii< Ie.<;. He apl>'"<" d ir, .1 r.umnrr of T. O. IJ. A. revut-s, was a principal 
in '"Salome" and lias i»e»-n working with Andrew Hishop's Lafayette 
l'lay« i n. 



Morris dest ma\ have gotten more publicity out of his early llfo 
-•trof.' : 'Vs ar^l a .i*i..ris I ban .iny other nan in the ey«r of the public. 
(]c-\ !nrr: an. fi.'ind It p:<,tl:abl< in tvpe n"t to d< ny his stru^f-Ies. As 
he fo!:ml the tK \s ^pa pi rs liked that kind of stuff, he told everything. 



42 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



SHOP TALK 



By J. C. NUGENT 



Ruth and I were talking over a certain young juvenile actor the other 
night. We watched his performance with much Interest. He had looks, 
intelligence and technique. But he was In that "almost" c'.ass. Good, 
but not quite good enough to score positively and unerringly. Seemed 
to just miss on his climaxes, it you know what I mean. 

It wasn't lack of talent or lack of experience or lack of good direction. 
He has had them all. And he looks like a million dollars. 

I ventured several theories us to why he didn't click as one of Broad- 
way's best. 

"No," said Ruth, In her own little wise thoughtful way, as she parked 
a chocolate, "I think It Is simply that he pays too much attention to 
what others think of him. What he needs is a pronouriced hit to give 
him poise. Then he will use his own judgment." 

Which may be It. Poise, as shown In repose and confidence, is what 
the young actor learns last and should learn first. The trouble is that 
you cannot put an old head on young shoulders unless it's a remarkable 
head. Youth's attempts at poise are usually grounded in conceit The 
conceit of ignorance. Ignorance of life. 

Either instinctively, as In the case of genius, or through years of 
living, one gets a sense of proportion. Until he gets it, the young actor 
takes too literally and too seriously every haphazard suggestion and 
random criticism. Hence a lack of confidence, a half formulated method, 
which is reflected in an indefinite touch. 

Keep On Thinking 

To get over this, the thinking young actor should keep on thinking. 

(Continued on page 46) 



CLARA MOORES' STOCK 
LEAD LOST-QUITS 



Not Cast in Lead of "Lom- 
bard!" at Milwaukee — 
Mildred McLeod Favored 



Milwaukee, May 4. 

Because she was not cast as lead 
in "Lombardl, Ltd.," the current at- 
traction at the Davidson, which be- 
gan Its third week as a summer 
stock house Sunday, Clara Moores, 
leading lady, has quit the cast. 

This Is the first upheaval since 
Sherman Brown and Frank McCoy 
began their stock policy. It brought 
Equity representatives here to fight 
for Miss Moo res' rights. 

According to the facts as given 
out by Miss Moores, she was en- 
gaged on a contract which speci- 
fied her In the lead in all produc- 
tions at the Davidson for the sum- 
mer. She was in the lead of the 
"Nervous Wreck" and "Family Up- 
stairs," but when Leo Carrilo came 
In as first visiting star to appear 
in "Lombardl, Ltd.." Mildred Mc- 
Leod was given the lead and Miss 
Moores was cast as third woman. 

Equity was called in and the mat- 
ter was straightened out when the 
management agreed to cast Miss 
Moores as principal in "Lombardl, 
Ltd.," and then to revoke her con- 
tract, giving Miss McLeod the lead- 
ing role agreement. Miss Moores 
leaves the city Saturday, when the 
Carlllo engagement ends. 



CONTINUOUS PLAYING 



A couple of records or near 
records were created with the 
closing of "The Show-Off In 
New London. Conn., Saturday. 

Louis John Bartells. who 
played the title role, and C. W. 
Goodrich, the "Pa Fisher," 
were with the show when it 
opened at the Playhouse, New 
York. They did not miss one 
performance during the 267 
weeks of the run. Helen Low- 
ell was out of four perform- 
ances. 



Hollywood's First Legit 
House Opens to $15 Top 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Opening to a $15 top, the largest 
sum ever aaked for a theatre ticket 
on the coast, Kl Capltan, Edward 
D. Smith's theatre, grossed $16,000 
the first night with "Chariot's Re- 
vue" as the attraction. El Capltan 
is the first legit house in Holly 
wood. 

The performance got under way 
before a distinguished audience 
after Pauline Frederick delivered 
the dedicatory address. The build 
lng, which cost $850,000, was con- 
structed by C. E. Toberman for 
Smith and will house a department 
store on one side of the front. The 
other portion is taken up by a 
large lobby and three ticket of- 
fice*. The house seats 1,551. 



Davenport's Playhouse 
And Its Mortgages 

Butler Davenport, so-called "mil- 
lionaire actor- manager** at his lit- 
tle Playhouse, 138 East 27th street. 
New York, which has been consid- 
ered a rich showman's toy, is seem- 
ingly not so affluent as one sup- 
posed. The People's Playhouse, 
Inc., has borrowed $20,000 from the 
Title Guarantee & Trust Co. and 
another $4,000 from Lurle & Feln- 
berg on first and second mortgages, 
to pay off Adrian H. Jackson, pres- 
ent holder of a first mortgage, who 
threatened foreclosure. 

To preserve the property, the of- 
ficers of the People's Playhouse, 
Inc., petitioned the Supreme Court 
for permission to take out new 
mortgages, having pledged the 
property as collateral for the loans. 

Davenport is president of the 
theatre; George Mlnassian, vice- 
president, and Edith Sim©, 34 
Gramercy Park, secretary. The 
business addresses of the first two 
are at the theatre. 

Davenport's theatre is noted for 
Its "no admission" policy with a 
plate being passed during intermis- 
sion for voluntary contributions, 
following the actor- manager's 
speech. 



ENGLISH PLAYERS ASIC 
FULL PAY FOR LAYOFF 



'Chariot's Revue' Very Nearly 
Did Not Open Monday 
in Hollywood 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

"Chariot's Revue" came close to 
not opening before a $15 flrat night 
.audience at the El Capltan, Holly- 
wood, last nlghL The cause was 
an argument over salaries for a 
week's lay-off from Kansaa City to 
Los Angeles. 

Taking into consideration the 
Equity allowance to lay off a show 
for one week In traveling to the 
coast, the representative of Arch 
Selwyn refused to consider the pay- 
ment of salary claims. The Eng- 
lish members of the cast claimed 
to be working under a contract 
which gave them full pay for the 
lay-off period. 

Inasmuch as some members of 
the company were without funds, 
the Selwyn manager advanced half 
a week's pay pending a decision 
from Equity on the case. Then the 
show opened half an hour late be- 
fore a capacity house of screen 
notables. 



FUTURE OPENINGS 



"Mother's Tramps" 

Listed as Herman Ganvoort's 
next. Cast now assembling and due 
for rehearsals this week. Among 
those already signed are Joseph 
Green, Helene Ambrose and Arthur 
Mack. 



"One Man's Woman 

"One Man's Woman," comedy 
drama, is now in rehearsal. in New 
York, produced by Michael Kal- 
lesser. Inc., with an out-of-town 
opening set for May 17. 



Shows in Rehearsal 

(AND WHERE) 

White's "Scandals" (George 
White) Times Square. 

"Fanny" (David' Belasco) 
Belasco. 

"We American." (Sam H. 
Harris) Music Box. 

"Garrick Gaieties" (Theatre 
Guild) Garrick. 

"Slim Foot Jim" (Jed Harris) 
Harris. 

"The Horns Towniri" 

(George M. Cohan) Hudson. 
* "Pay Dirt" (Oliver Morosco) 
Bryant Hall. 

"The Milk Kings" (Catherine 
Kirkwood) Triangle. 

"Hullo London" (Albert De 
Courvllle) Knickerbocker. 

"Mamma's Tramps" (Herman 
Ganvoort) Hopkins. 

"Treat 'Em Rough" (Richard 
Herndon) Belmont. 



3 SHOWS OUT 



A heavy departure list was ex- 
pected this week because of the 
slump business last week on Broad- 
way, but there are only three cer- 
tain closings. 

"Artists and Models'' will end at 
the Winter Garden Friday, to open 
in Chicago Sunday. The Shubert 
revue has been playing 45 weeks 
and rated one of the best Garden 
attractions In years. It bettered 
$40,000 weekly for several months. 
After Washington's Birthday grosses 
dropped off 60 percent. Al Jolson 
was added as a feature and jumped 
trade to $35,000. He will not tour 
with the show. 



"DESIRE" IN FRISCO 

San Francisco, May 4. 

The uncensored version of "De- 
sire Under the Elms" opened here 
at the Wilkes Sunday with Frank 
McGlyr.n featured. House was 
packed and notices favorable. 

Play was well received and there 
seems little likelihood of police in- 
terference. 

Box o ffice trade ia^eav y. 

TITLE CHANGED m 

William Anthony Maguire's, "A 
Great Little Guy," has been changed 
to "If I Wai Rich," under which 
title It opened In Detroit Sunday. 
Joe Laurie, Jr., is starred. 

The author-manager now controls 
the show on his own, having bought 
out the severaJ others Interested 
originally* , , 



Emerson-Loos Suit vs. 
Chi Stock Over 'Blondes' 

• Chicago, May 4. 

Anita Loos and John Emerson, 
through Attorney Phillip R Davis, 
have filed suit for $60,000 against 
the A. H. Woods Theatre Co. and 
the Adelphi theatre, charging that 
"No More Blondes," staged by the 
Adelphi stock company, carries their 
names as authors and is a trespass 
on their work, "Gentlemen Prefer 
Blondes," at the Selwyn. 

The suit also objects to advertis- 
ing matter sent out by the Adelphi, 
which depicts a man saying, "I'm no 
gentleman." The suit is returnable 
in June. 



"The Squall" 
Listed as L. Lawrence Weber's 
next. Set for spring tryout in June. 
Casting begins' in two weeks. 



"Fool the Doctor" 
Farce by C. S. Webb will be given 
spring tryout in June by George 
MacFarlane and George Ashby. It 
will play two weeks and be put 
away until September. 



"The Great Gatsby," produced at 
the Ambassador by W. A. Brady, 
-will close Saturday, in its 14th 
week. The book drama averaged 
$14,000 to $15,000 weekly for about 
two months, easing off thereafter to 
$11,000 and dropping to $8,000 last 
week, It might have continued 
longer but for James Rennle being 
called abroad. 



"The Donovan Affair" 

Melodrama by Owen Davis will be 
first individual production by Al. 
Lewis since dissolution of Lewis & 
Gordon. Will be given a spring 
hearing latter part of the month. 



"We Americans" 

Comedy by Milton Herbert Crop- 
per and Max Slegel gets under way 
in Atlantic City May 17 with Sam 
H. Harris sponsoring. Cast In- 
cludes Lee Kohlmar, Luther Adler, 
Sam Mann, Anna Lo wen worth, 
Roslyn Bernard, Lillian Wllk and 
others. Sam Forrest is staging. 



"Daisy Won't Tell" 

New musical by Daniel Kussell 
which the latter will produce next 
season. 



0UMANSKY BACK 

SUfling "Nancy," Tom Wilkes* 
New Musical 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
Alexander Oumansky, who re- 
turned from Kuropo where he In- 
stalled the American prolog Idea In 
IS German theatres, has signed to 
stage the dances in "Nancy." Tom 
Wilkes Is producing the show with 
Nancy Welford starred. 



CLAY M. GREENE TESTIMONIAL 

San Francisco, May 4. 

C'»\y M. Greene, playwright and 
critic, who has been a member of 
the Bohemian Club longer than any 
living man, was honored by his 
fellow club members last week with 
a banquet celebrating Greene's 60th 
anniversary as^a Bohemian. Fred- 
erick S. Myrtle was "Sire" of the 
occasion and arranged a program 
of entertainment 

Greene recei.tly recovered from 
an accident that almost proved 
fatal. He fell down the stairs of 
his home last January and frac- 
tured two ribs as well as breaking 
his collarbone. Because of his ex- 
treme age, 7C years, physicians 
who attended him thought his 
chances of recovery slight. He 
came through, however, without 
any apparent ill effects. 

Greene is one of the founders of 
the New York Lambs Club and 
served as "Shepherd" different 
terms. 



"I Can't Bear It" Try Out 

A new play by Norma Mitchell 
and Russel Medcraft who wrote 
"Cradle Snatchers," called "I Can't 
Hear It," Is now in rehearsal It 
opens May 20 at New London, 
Conn., for a spring tryout 

Bertram Harrison, the stage dl-' 
rector, Is producing and directing. 



ARTI8T8 AND MODEL8 
Opened June 24, 1025. Great 
reviews all around, Hammond 
("Herald-Tribune") called it 
"pleasing," while the "Post" 
called it "best of its kind." 

Variety (Sime) said it was 
the best show ever turned out 
at the Winter Garden. 



THE GREAT GAT8BY 

Opened Feb. 2. But one dis- 
senting notice on this show, 
Dale ("American") not liking 
it Anderson ("Pott") called 
it "good intelligent entertain- 
ment." 

_ Variety (Ibee) predicted a 
moderate run. 



"Rainbow Rose," produced by 
George MacFarlane, stopped at the 
Forrest Saturday, after playing 
seven weeks to light trade. The 



RAINBOW ROSE 

Opened March 16. Alan Dale 
("American") was the solitary 
first stringer to catch this one 
and was "kind" to the show. 
The other dailies did not praise 
it to any degree, several com- 
menting on the poor quality of 
the book. 

Variety |8kiy> called it "» 
lightweight musical not re- 
vealing the staying qualities 
for this time of the year." 



grosses went from $7,000 to $10,000 
and back to the first figure last 
week. It Is doubtful If the show 
had one winning week. 



SHOWS CLOSED 

Eastern company of "The Student 
Prince" closed in Scran ton, Pa,, 
Saturday night 

"The Dove" closed in Boston and 
goes out again in September, hav- 
ing much unplayed territory over 
which to rotate. 

"Aloma of the South Seas" called 
It a season last week and disbanded. 
This one also goes out again next 
season. 

The last of five companies of 
"Blossom Time" sent out this sea- 
son closed in Norfolk; Va,, last 
week. 



Kolb & Dill at Mason 

Los Angeles, May 4. 
Kolb and Dill will follow "Patsy" 
into the Mason May 16, Instead of 
"Nancy," which will po to Wilkes', 
San Francisco, week of May 23. 



TICKET SALE CHARGE ON 
PR0VWCET0WN GROUP 

Police Served Summonses^ 
"Subscription Plan" Does 
Not Permit B. 0. Sale 



Zealousness of the police almost 
ruined the opening performance of 
"Orpheus" given by the Province- 
town Players at the Playhouse, 13s 
Macdougal street, last Thursday 
night Two policemen and one po- 
licewoman, composing a raiding 
party, entered the theatre during 
the second act handing summonses 
to three officials and one employe 
of the place. The summonses were 
returnable in the Tombs Court 

Gluck's ancient opera was going 
along smocthly when the detec- 
tives "pulled their stuff." First, 
according to Pauline Turkel. busi- 
ness manager, Policewoman Mary 
O'Neill appeared at the box office 
and purchased a ticket. A few 
minutes later Policemen George 
Eller and William J. Ford applied 
at the box office for a pair of seats. 
The three then turned the admis- 
sions over to the doorman, Harold 
Van Cleve, who accepted them. 

Everything would have been o.k. 
but that the Provincetown Play- 
house Is conducted under the "sub- 
scription plan" and according to 
the police was not provlleged to 
cater to tho ordinary theatre pa- 
tron. In other words under the 
"subscription plan" the Playhouse 
had no license to sell tickets. 

Inside the theatre the officers 
sought the officials, Including M. 
Eleanor Fitzgerald, manaper, and 
James Light, director. In their 
search they went down front, dis- 
playing pre ninently their badges. 

The next morning, Friday, the 
four alleged violators appeared at 
the Tombs Court. Their attorney, 
Arthur Garfield Hayes, failed to 
show and the defendants requested 
an adjournment. 

On the consent of Assistant Dis- 
trict Attorney Sol Streit the hear- 
ing was postponed until May 7, the 
defendants being paroled by Magis- 
trate George W. Simpson in their 
own custody. About . three years 
ago a similar case against the same 
house was dismissed by Judge 
Simpson. 

This is the first time "Orpheus" 
has been given as an opera in New 
York since it was staged at the 
Metropolitan in 1910. 



AHEAD AND BACK 



William Wacchtel baa succeeded 
Emll Groh aa manager of B. S. 
Moss' Tllyou, Coney Island. Groh, 
who was brought to the Tllyou to 
handle the opening,' has returned 
to his former post as manager of 
the Coliseum, New York. 

Nat Dorfman, publicity on 
"Kongo" (Blltmore). 

Henry Myers of the Shubert of- 
fice, publicity on "Pinafore" (Cen- 
tury). 

George H. Malnes, recently with 
"Dearest Enemy" is now working 
In the Shubert Publicity Depart- 
ment, handling "A Night in Paris" 
and the Parlslana cafe under the 
Century. 

Richard Silvester, publicity on 
"Beau Gallant" (Ritz). 

Clara Weiss, publicity on "Bride 
of the Lamb" (Greenwich Village). 

Joseph Tlerney, until recently 
manager of the Sam H. Harris the- 
atre, is company manager for "Love 
in a Mist" at the Gaiety. 

James G. Peede is doing the pub- 
licity for "Iolanthe" at the Plym- 
outh. 

Frank Perley, handling "Tht 
Sport of Kings." 

George Atkinson, advance, "Out 
of the Night," to play Chicago in- 
definite summer engagement 

Frank Gunn, back in New York, 
after doing special publicity for 
Arthur Voegtlin show, Miami 
Shores. 

Dan Curry ahead of "Kid Boots* 



HERNDON'S "DAY LADY" 

"The Day Lady," by Samuel Ship- 
man, will finally reach production 
next season via Richard G. Hern- 
don. 

The pleco had originally been in- 
tended as a starring vehicle for 
Helen MacKellar and was to havs 
been done by the R!sklns, who spon- 
sored Miss MacKellar In "The Mud 
Turtle." Miss MacKellar may have 
the role when Herndon flnall* 
launches the piece* 



Wednesday, Ma y 5, 1926 




SUNNY" PASSES TOTAL OF $1,400, 
IN B WEEK ON BROADWAY 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



43 



-Cradle Snatchers" Reached $670,000 in 34 Weeks— 
"Mrs. Cheyney" Did Half Million in 25 Weeks— 
"Shanghai" and "Lulu Belle" Still Wallops 



"Sunny** wa« the only musical to 
ntintaln Its stride last week, get- 
jng $43,250. That attraction has 
1t9 tA $1,400,000 In total gross. It 
IpJJ in the 13rd week. 

Of the non - musicals "Lulu 
gelle" got its usual $21,500, while 
The Shanghai Gesture," topping all 
l i nUD as and comedies, went past 
fil.000. 

-Cradle Snatchers" has grossed 
£70,000 in 34 weeks, and "The Last 
«f Mrs. Cheyney" passed $500,000 
Saturday, which ended its 26th 
week. Both shows have averaged 
£0,000 weekly. 

"The Cocoanuta," "The Vagabond 
ling" And "Song of the Flame," all 
among the musical leaders, dropped 
co $26,000; "Tip Toes" about $20,- 
MO, but still profitable; "A Night 
to Puis" and "Vanities" were rated 
ander that mark; "Nanette" about 
111,000; "Iolanthe" $17,000; "Stu- 
dent Prince" $12,000 and nearly 
through; "By the Way" $14,000; 
Dearest Enemy" $12,000, shortly 
due to close; "The Girl Friend" and 
"Sweetheart Time" about $10,000, 
with continuance much longer 
problematic. 

"At Mrs. Beam's," the Theatre 
Solid's new show, started well 
enough at over $14,000, but not ex- 
ceptionally considering the sub- 
scriptions. "Bride of the Lamb" is 
tiovlng up from the Village to 
Henry Miller's about doubled its 
gross, at a claimed $12,000 figure, 
ftot capacity. 

M 8ex" Raw, but a Draw 

The surprise among the new 
Aows is "Sex" at Daly's 63rd Street. 

(Continued on page 54) 



FASTER COAST-TO-COAST 
RUN; ONE DAY SAVING 



Five-Hour Reduction from 
L A. to Chicago— Extra 
Rate 



Los Angeles. May 4. 

A flve-hour reduction in running: 
time between this city and Chicago 
will go into effect In October, ac- 
cording to the announcement of 
Union Pacific. Santa Fe and South- 
ern Pacific officials. This camo 
after a long and vigorous light on 
the part of motion picture and the- 
atrical executives who complained 
of the slow haul across the conti- 
nent west of the Mississippi. 

It will prove especially beneficial 
to members of the Hollywood screen 
colony in Journeying back and 
forth from Los Angeles to Now 
*ork. An additional day will be 
saved on each end of the round 
*™P. since the transcontinental 
™ns will then leave at five p. m. 
instead of nt noon. Leaving Chi- 
cago, the trains will depart at the 
«am e time as now, eight p. m., but 
J"" arrive at nine a. m. Instead of 
tw ° P. m. 

An additional fare of $10 will be 
,hi lr T 0n the California Limited, 
ine Los Anceles Limited, and the 
golden State Limited, the crack 
ra lns on each line which will make 
tne faster time. 



Albert E. Moore, Stock, 
Wants Wife Divorced 

Al , Chicago, May 4. 

h*7 .4 r thler Mo °re. stock actor, 
from n,; ^ SU,t here for divorce 
act?o,? I Crawford Moore, stock 

Mo « DeSert,on «■ charged, 
with T S . enffaged to °P«« shortly 

by Robert L. Sherman. 



"SHANGHAI" MOVING 
IN JUNE TO SHUBERT 

Hold Beck Theatre Under 
Rental — Woods' Agreement 
for Shubert Houses 

"The Shanghai Gesture" will be 
moved from the Martin Beck to the 
Shubert May 31, to continue In- 
definitely at the option of A. IL 
Woods, the hit's producer. While 
the attraction is playing the Beck 
under terms more than usually 
advantageous to Woods, the ar- 
rangement for the Shubert is 
claimed to be more so. 

The switch agreement followed 

(Continued on page 64) 

'SOLID IVORY" STRANDS; 
BOND BRINGS CO. BACK 



"Solid Ivory," after reopening one 
week, stranded in Detroit Saturday. 
The attraction was under the di- 
rection of Lester Bryant, who in- 
tended to bring it into Chicago. 
Bonds for $4,000 were on deposit at 
Equity's headquarters, and money 
for hotel bills and return transpor- 
tation was forwarded to the com- 
pany Monday by Equity. 

When the show closed, the deputy 
with the company telephoned Equity 
.and was advised enough funds for 
their return would be sent. The 
deputy declared the players would 
not move unless $2,200, the amount 
of the salary list, plus $600 trans- 
portation, was sent them. Dulsell 
explained the bond would have to 
be collected, and that could not be 
done on the Instant, but If the com- 
pany Insisted on taking that posi- 
tion, the players might Just as wen 
prepare to remain In Detroit all 
summer. The deputy telegraphed 
Monday that $1,680 would take care 
of the hotels and fares, that money 
being sent. 

The bond is $670 short of pay- 
ing the fares and two weeks' sal- 
aries, which fact the players were 
aware of when the show left New 
York for Detroit. 



"FLAVIA" WITH $30,000 
BIGGEST IN BALTIMORE 



SPENCE FINANCING 



One -Third "In" on Morrissey Show 
for $10,000 



Los Angeles, May 4. 

Ralph Spcnce, playwright, Is 
financing Will Morrissey Music 
Hall Revue to the extent of $10,000 
for a one- third Interest in It. Ar- 
thur Freed and Morrissey have the 
other two-thirds between them. 
Spence, who was under contract to 
First National, had to leave for 
New York suddenly a few days be- 
fore the opening, which he had ex- 
pected to attend. 

The show has an Equity cast with 
signed waivers for all obligations 
with their organization. It Is not 
a member of the Managers' Asso- 
ciation and did not post a bond. 



„ EE VIVING KNOCKOUT 

brler h r„ K ? 0ckout " whIch had a 
vived « l lMt 8prln *' 18 10 be rc " 
'hor nf £ by Ernoat Cortis. au- 
la , . p,ecp - rhe production 

New \ u J t0 ° pen " cold " at a 
* e " Wk house in.Juse. 



Dora Dean on Screen 

Los An poles, May 4. 
Dora Dean, who was on tour with 
"No. No .Nanette" In the East, has 
forsaken the speaking stage for the 
screen. 

Her first engsgement is with 
Rerger productions, making "Code 
of the Klondike," for independent 
release. The picture Is to be di- 
rected by Oscar Apfel. 



"QUEEN HIGH" IN SUMMER 

Philadelphia. May 4. 
"Queen High." the new Laurence 
Schwab musical in Philadelphia, ap- 
parently will try for a summer run 
there, depending upon a shift in the- 
atres to carry through when it 
loaves the Chestnut Street Opera 
ilouse, where it Is now playing. 



Season Closed Officially— Dra- 
matic Stock at Audi- 
torium 



Baltimore, May 4. 

The regular legitimate season in 
this town ended last Saturday night 
when the Anditorium turned them 
away with "Princess Flavia." Ford's 
called it a season a week earlier. 

With the 1925-26 season in moth 
balls the local theatre line-up for 
next fall is still uncertain. The big 
Academy of Music was counted out 
some weeks back when the Shu- 

(Contlnued on page 64) 



ONE SUNDAY NIGHT IN 
LEGITS FOR DRIVE 



Plans are under way for the 
opening of the legit houses of New 
York for a single benefit perform- 
ance of the regular show some Sun- 
day night in the near future, the 
proceeds to go to the United Jew- 
ish Campaign, which Is attempting 
to raise $6,000,000 for the starving 
Jews in Eastern Europe. That sum 
is the New York quota, while the 
national quota is $15,000,000. The 
theatrical division in New York, 
in which Joe Leblang Is chairman, 
is pledged to raise $760,000. 

Of that amount more than $400,- 
•00 has already been subscribed. 
* William Fox subscribed $250,000, 
Joe Leblang $60,000, and A. H. 
Woods $20,000. 

The proposed legitimate perform- 
ances are expected to easily raise 
$150,000 in the single evening. 

Actors, musicians and stagehands 
are expected to contribute their ser- 
vices after satisfactory arrange- 
ments have been made with the 
unions. 

In the New York City campaign, 
Felix Warburg led the list with a 
contribution of $400,000. 



"June Dreams," the musical spon- 
sored by the Franklin Productions, 
Inc., was disbanded this week be- 
cause of the promoter's inability to 
post bond with Equity. 

It had started co-operative and 
would have been able to continue 
without bond on that basis. Two 
weeks ago some money had been 
brought in, or rather posted in es- 
crow, which prompted a different 
arrangement calling for a minimum 
salary and a percentage. 

When the later arrangement was 
made, it became necessary for post- 
ing of bond. The original backer, 
•when propositioned to post the bond, 
walked out on the show. 

Those who had been rehearsing 
were given personal notes by Harry 
Franklin, who claimed he would 
liquidate them to the extent of a 
week's salary later, though not ob- 
ligated to Equity. 

The dismissed people were in 
sympathy with the producer and ac- 
cepted his notes. Many of the cast 
had previously been employed In 
several flash acts which Franklin 
sponsored in vaude before attempt- 
ing the flier as a legit producer. 



TOP DOWN, MORE SHOWS 
FOR RAQUEL MELLER 



COLORED TABS CLOSE 

Houses Unwilling to Gamble en 
Percentage 



Several musical tabs, unable to 
obtain any immediate time in the 
colored houses willing to gamble on 
percentage, have bean forced to 
close. 

One of them wound up In Balti- 
more, and when the end of the week 
came the sponsors Informed the 
players that they would have to ac- 
cept half salary and depend upon 
the following week to square up 
things. One of the players took a 
punch «t one of the owners, with 
the story beating the show back to 
New York. 

Another was due at the Lafayette 
last week, but disbanded before re- 
turning, with several of the princi- 
pals accepting Jobs with other 
shows. 



"Palm Beach Nights" 
Vice "Follies" This Season 

Flo Zlegfeld may retain the name 
"Palm Beach Nights," which he pre- 
sented at Palm Beach during the 
winter and which will form the 
nucleus of what may be the new 
"Follies." Because the revue will 
be staged at the Globe Instead of 
the New Amsterdam, where 
"Sunny" will continue through the 
summer, the manager proposed to 
drop the "Follies" label for this 
season's show. 

The change in title is not defi- 
nitely decided on, the decision be- 
ing up to A. L. Erlanger, who con- 
trols a half Interest in the "Follies" 
productions. 



Aarons & Freedley Book 
Broadhurst Next Year 

Alex A. Aarons and Vinton Freed - 
i^y have taken a year's lease on the 
Broadhurst, control to pass to them 
Sept. 1. The young producers have 
been desirous of securing a house 
of their own, to safeguard the hous- 
ing of their own attractions. 

The producers have heretofore 
booked through the Erlantfer olllce, 
their current production, ' Tip Toes," 
playing at the Liberty. Under the 
Broadhurst lease, Aaron and Fre*»d- 
loy attractions plnylng thnt house 
nni -( hook through the Shuberts out 
of town. 



a 



War Is Orer" 



A woman at the box office 
of a Shubert theatre on Broad- 
way with a pass was asked for 
80c. by the treasurer as he 
handed out the two coupons. 

"80c?" asked the woman, 
"For what?" 

"War tax" was the reply. 

"Good Heavens, young man, 
don't you know the war is 
over?" the woman retorted. 



"June Dreams" Called Off; 
No Bond Posted 



X K. K." MAY BE 
FORCED TO CLOSE 

Equity Demands Knowledge 
of Sponsorship — Finan- 
cial Anemia 



Financial anemia came within an 
ace of preventing the reopening of 
"Kosher Kitty Kelly" at the Bronx 
opera house last week. Matters 
were finally adjusted when Sam H. 
Harris guaranteed salaries of the 
company for the Bronx date and Lee 
Shubert effected a similar agree- 
ment for the current week's run at 
Teller's, Brooklyn. N. Y. 

The mix-up which threatened the 
(Continued on page 46) 



DRAMATIC SCHOOL PLAY 
FOR UP-STATE STOCK 



Eight Shows Weekly— $7 Top 
Instead of $10— Run Is 
Extended 



Starting Monday, Raquel Meller 
went on an eight-performance basis 
at the Empire. The Spanish star 
appeared four times weekly the first 
three weeks, going on for one mat- 
inee and three evenings. She Is 
now in the fourth week, but Instead 
of ending the engagement Saturday, 
an additional three weeks for a 
total of seven have been arranged 
for by E. Ray Goetz, who is pre- 
senting the senorita. 

The change in the Meller sched- 
ule of appearances was accom- 
panied by a change in the ticket 
scale, the top price now being $7.70 
as against $11. The first 10 rows 
are so priced, the balance of the 
lower floor being $5.60. It Is ex- 
pected the ticket agencies will han- 
dle virtually all the front locations. 

By doubling the number of weekly 
performances and reducing the 
scale, the weekly capacity was in- 
creased about $10,000. It being pos- 
sible to gross about $38,000 as 
against $28,000 In four perform- 
ances at the high scale. The in- 
creased operating expense is not 
great, the profit possibilities being 
therefore materially enhanced. Up 
to Friday last, the advance sale for 
this week was about $10,000. Ex- 
changes and refunds of suc*ti tickets 
have been mads, the sale from Fri- 
(Continued on page 54) 



Watertown, N. Y., May 4. 

The Avon will Install stock May 
10, with Harry Horne at the helm 
for Nate Bobbins. As a publicity 
stunt, a school of dramatic acting 
will be operated In connection with 
the stock. The theatre has made 
a tie-up with the Watertown 
"Standard" for a voting contest. 
The weekly winners (one man, one 
woman) will be eligible to enroll 
In the school and after a week's 
coaching, will be "engaged" to ap- 
pear in the following week's produc- 
tion. The salary for the amateurs 
Is fixed at $26 a week. 

The stock opens with "The Best 
Pea pie." The leads will be Ward 
McAllister and Frederlca Going. 
Others in the company include Carl 
Blythe, Anne Davis, John Lyons, 
Sue Hlggins, William Janney, 
Nancy Raker, Bert Sabourlne. 
Ralph Hayes will be stage manager. 



B1LLIE BURKE'S PLAY 



Blllle Burke will return to the 
spoken drama next year, starring: 
early In the season at the Empire 
In "Paidon My Glove." a comedy 
by Zoe Aklns, which Charles Froh- 
man, Inc., will present. The sup- 
porting cast will Include Louis Cal- 
hera, Louis Wolhelm, Rosamund 
Plnchot, Fred TIden and Ilka Chase. 

The piece will be tried out in 
stock at Rochester this summer, the 
Frohman cast Journeying to that 
city. Miss Burke's last local ap- 
pearance In a spoken play was 
"Rose Briar" at the Empire five 
years ago. She appeared early last 
season in a musical comedy under 
the management of her husband* 
Flo Zlegfeld. 



"RAINBOW ROSE" BACK 



Geo. MacFsrlsne Again Owner—* 
Show Closed 



Boothe, Gleason St Truex walked 
out on the managerial end of "Rain* 
bow Rose," turning the responsU 
billty back to George MacFarlane, 
producer and original operator. 

The walkout Is said to have been 
precipitated because of a deficit of 
$300 on the show's earnings the 
previous week. MacFarlane paid 
salaries. 



GALLO'S REVUE 



Fortune Gallo, impresario of the 
San Carlo Opera Co., Is taking a 
musical comedy flier this summer 
with a new revue featuring Wliile 
Collier, Florence Moore and Eddie 
Dowling. 

The show will be staged and co- 
authored by Dowling. 



2,500 Performances 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Twenty-five hundred perform* 
ances of the Mission Play at San 
Gabriel near here have been played, 
hanging up a record for legit plays 
only exceeded by the PasHion Play 
at Oberainmergau, which Is played 
every 10 years. A celebration was 
held commemorating the .jvent. The 
play deals with early life In Cali- 
fornia and was written by John 
Steven McGroarty. 



"39 EAST," MUSICAL 

Rachel Crothers' comedy, "33 
East." is being adapted for musical 
comedy. It will reach production 
this summer under managerial 
sponsorship of Miss Crothers. in 
association with the ^huberts. 



MUSICAL "FOUB-FLUSHER" 

A musical version of "The Four 
FlUMher" will be produced by Sam 
II. Harris. Ballard Macdonald will 
write the book and lyrics. 



"GOD BROWN" ON COAST 

San Francisco, May 4. 
Irving Pichel, producer at the 
Playhouse, Berkeley, Cal., has ob« 
taincd "The Great God Brown" for 
presentation In this College City the- 
atre for May 10. Ho will also stage 
it at the local Curran theatre for a 
special matinee. May 14. 



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SHOWS IN N. Y. AND COMMENT 

Figures estimate^ and comment point to some attractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in tl.e difference in 
house capacities* with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross of profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 




••Abie's Irish Rose," Republic (207th 
week). Another two weeks will 
see "Abie" enter fifth year on 
Broadway; how long it will re- 
nin in. no one can tell, but it may 
greet summer of next year: over 
$8,000 last week. 

•Alias the Deacon," Hudson (24th 
week). While comedy does not 
grab off big grosses, continues to 
click profit; averaging $10,000 to 
$11,000. 

"A Night in Paris," Casino de 
Paris (Century Roof) (18th week). 
Expected to extend into summer; 
attendance still strong enough for 
$20,000. 

•Artists and Models," Winter Gar* 
den (-ifith week). Final week; 
production will be sent to Chi- 
cago, opening Sunday al the 
Apollo; "Great Temptations" fol- 
lows here. 

•At Mrs. Beam's," Guild (2d week). 
Final production of Guild's sea- 
son drew notices good enough to 
indicate chances to extend longer 
than subscription period; first 
week's takings quoted over 
$14,000. 

•Beau Strings," Mansfield (2d week). 
Same author who wrote "At Mrs. 
Beam'B" did this play, which, 
however, was not received favor- 
ably; first week perhaps $3,000; 
unless business shows sharp im- 
provement, will go off end of this 
^reek or next 

'Bride of the Lamb," Henry Miller 
(6th week). Because of capacity 
and location, business first week 
uptown considerably better than 
at Greenwich Village; gross near 
$12,000 regarded good for stern 
drama. 

•By the Way," Central (19th week). 
English show, with new numbers 
recently injected, appears to have 
injected new life Into business of 
English revue. Claims $14,000 
and more. 

"Cradle 8natchert," Music Box (35th 
week). Season's leading laugh 
show off last week, but well over 
$15,000; approaching $700,000 total 
gross mark for average of $20,000 
weekly- 

*Ori8r» Wife," Morosco (30th 
w^cfek). Another seven or eight- 
w.e^s expected; while edge is off 
business, still making money; 
rated drama; $9,500; 
id Pulitzer prize, which 
jump takings. 
"Bilrjk of 1926," Broadhurst (3d 
Week). Extra advertising hardly 
expected to do much for this curi- 
ous revue; estimated getting 
$7,000, with cut rates figuring. 
"Dearest Enemy," Knickerbocker 
(34th week). May go through 
May, though down around stop 
of $12,000; hardly profitable for 
musical attraction, and due out 
after two weeks more. 
•Great God Brown," Garrlck (15th 
week). Geared to operate at 
moderate money and may ixu int«> 
summer at Klaw, where it moves 
next week; estimated at $G,000 
last week. 
•Greenwich Village Follies," Rhu- 
bert (20th week). Will go 
through May and possibly longer, 
but, if bo, in another house; 
"Shanghai Gesture" moves to 
Shubert from the Beck May 31; 
"G. V. F." around $20,000. 
•Hush Money," 49th Street. Stopped 
last week and went on tour; en- 
gagement seven weeks, with pace 
$4,000 to $5,000; house dark, but 
may get "Not Herbert," now at 
Klaw and also mentioned to move 
to Rilz. 

•lolanthe," Ph mouth (3d week). 
Drawing real business, with at 
tendance at capacity after Wed 
nesd.iy; takings at about $17,000 
last .veek gi/es this Gilbert and 
Sullivan revival exceptional rat- 
ing. 

•Is Zat So?", Chanin's 46th Street 
(71st week). Hope to carry on 
into summer, with low operating 
nut giving it chance; using cut 
rates, with approximate gross 
around $8,500 last week. 
"Kongo," Biltmore (6th week). Cer- 
tainly talking about this tropical 
thriller; even professionals con- 
cede it's good theatre; counting 
on summer continuance; $10,000 
last week quite satisfactory. 
''Kitty's Kisses," Playhouse (1st 
week). W. A. Brady and Lee 
Shubert presenting new musical 
comedy based on Marie Cn hill's 
"Little Miss Brown"; opens Tliiirs- 
d*»y night. 
"Laff That Off," Wallack's (28th 
week). No telling how long en- 
gagement will last; ch.imp cut 
rater; appears to be making little 
money right along; average is 
$6,000. 

"Love 'Em and Leave 'Em," Sam H. 
Harri# (14th week). Looks about 
through and another week will 
probably see it off; last week 
under $6,500; "Bunk" may switch 
over from Broadhurst under a 
guarantee. 

•Love in a Mist," Gaiety (4th week). 
New comedy grooved at between 
$8,500 and $9,000; with few stago 



MERRY MERRY/ $14,000 
OKAY AT PLYMOUTH 



New Musical to Boston Opened 
Under Two Handicaps — 
'Dove' Closed Saturday 



hands needed. house making 
money; so is attraction. 
"Lulu Belle," Belasco (KUh week). 
Appears no difference in demand; 
capacity all performances with 
weekly gross $-1,500. 
"No, No, Nanette," Globe (34th 
week). Another six weeks at 
least; came back aftor Kaster 
and making neat profit weekly; 
may possibly go through sum- 
mer, although Ziegfeld's new 
"Follies" is due at Globe. 
"Not Herbert," Klaw (9th week). 
Comedy crook play fooled some 
of wise boys by sticking; mod- 
erate money getter but still 
claimed to be making money at 
$6,500; moves to 49th Street Mon- 
day. 

"One of the Family," Eltinge (20th 
week). , Set until end of month, 
engagement having been several 
times extended; weekly average 
now around $7,000; also moderate 
money show making something. 
"Pinafore," Century (5th week). 
Along with "Iolanthe," this G. and 
S. most pretentious of spring's 
revivals. Last week heavy drop 
reported. 

"Pomeroy's Past," Longacre (3d 
week). Well supported on lower 
floor but weak upstairs; agencies 
took moderate buy; second week's 
trade between $9,000 and $10,- 
000. 

"Rainbow Rose," Forrest. Closed 
suddenly Saturday at conclusion 
of eighth week; though fared well 
on road never drew here; $10,000 
top with last week about $7,000. 
"8ex," Daly's 63d Street (2d week). 
Attracting attention with raw 
lines and "business"; trade 
mounted during first week, with 
count nearly $8,000; plenty for 
attraction that costs little to 
operate and about as much to 
produce. 

"Song of the Flame," 44th Street 
(18th week). One of Broadway's 
$5.50 top musicals and conceded 
one of best operetta offerings in 
years; $26,000 last week and still 
profitable. 
"Square Crooks," Maxlne Elliott's 
(10th week). Claimed to be turn- 
ing little profit since moving here 
from Daly's; getting $6,000; com- 
pany co-operative. 
"Student Prince," Jolson's (74th 
week). Approximated $12,000 last 
week, lowest mark in run; looks 
like end of month will terminate 
engagement. 
"Sunny," New Amsterdam (33d 
week). Grossed over $1,400,000 to 
date averaging well above $12,000 
weekly and no sign of letup; 
should run through year. 
"Sweetheart Time," Imperial (15th 
week). Still going along to mod- 
erate money; last week estimated 
at $10,000; hardly profitable for 
musical at that gait. 
"The Cocoanuts," Lyric (22d week). 
Summer contender; although 
under figures of earlier weeks, 
still making money; musical that 
figures to draw transients; dis- 
tinct drop like most others last 
week; $26,000. 
"The Girl Friend," Vande-rbilt (9th 
week). First impressions indi- 
cated Intimate musical show had 
good chance; not profitable to 
date, probably because of hook- 
"n; sio.non. 
"The Great Gatsby," Ambassador 
(14th week). Final week; liberal 
ticket allotments to cut rates; 
book play drew classy trade for 
time: ln«*t ^eek $8,000 or bit more 
"The Half Caste," National (6th 
week). Knpragoment indefinite 
and should go through month at 
least: last week bit under $6,500 
"The Jazz Singer," Cort (34th 
week). Still making money, get- 
ting over $10,000 weekly; cut 
rates strong factor; may keep 
drama going into hot weather. 
"The Last of Mrs. Cheyney," Fulton 
(26th week). Total gross passed 
$500,000 last week: still pullinir 
important money, though dropped 
to something over $17,000 last 
week; could go into summer, but 
not certain because of plans of 
star (Ina Claire). 
"The Patay," Booth (20th week). 
Going along to good business for 
show of kind; small cast and 
one set requires few stage hands; 
last week went up to around 
$10,000, supplying profits both 
ways. 

"The Shanghai Gesture," Deck 
(14th week). A. ~ T . Woods has 
fortune in dramatic leader, going 
along at $26,000 weekly: honso 
under rental makes producer's 
earnings greater; box trade off 
last week, but gross over $J5,000, 
far in lend of non-musicals. 
"The Sport of Kings," Lyceum (1st 
week). Critics in Chicago favor- 
ably disposed to this play, pro- 
duced by Carl Keed; opened here 
Tuesday. 

"The Vagabond King," Casino (33d 
week). All musical leaders hit 
by last week's spring weather; 
no exception here; gross about 
$28,600, regarded as satisfactory. 
"The Wisdom Tooth," Little (12th 



Boston, May 4. 

In its first week here "Merry, 

Merry," the Marie Saxon show, at 

the Plymouth, did $14,000. This Is 

considered locally to be pretty good 
business when it is taken into con- 
sideration the show opened here 
with the first week of daylight sav- 
ing and at a house that seldom has 
a musical. In fact, It Is so- seldom 
a musical show comes into the 
Plymouth the public must be edu- 
cated to the fact. 

The show got away to a good 
start and gathered favorable notices 
from all the reviewers, including 
those who really review a show on 
its merits and not from the paper's 
business office angle. It is figured 
as a strong entry here, with the 
chances of business building up un- 
less the weather breaks badly. With 
warm weather the show will suffer 
because of the' lateness of the sea- 
son making for a tendency for week- 
end trips and cutting into the 
business of the last two nights of 
the week. 

The Ada May show, "Captain 
Jinks," seems to have shot its bolt 
at the Shubert. There was a drop 
last week of $8,000 in business com- 
pared with that of the week before. 
An extra performance helped out 
the week when the $25,000 figure 
was reached, but even with that 
discounted the attraction Is showing 
weakness that will probably call for 
a departure most any time now. 
This is the seventh week and about 
the best that even a musical can do 
in six weeks of big business. The 
competition of "Merry, Merry" may 
also have had something to do with 
the drop, as up to last week "Cap- 
tain Jinks" had the local musical 
field alone. 

The only other attraction in town 
this week which ran the week be- 
fore is "A Kiss in a Taxi," at the 
Wilbur. This show is hitting the 
toboggan with $10,600 credited for It 
last week, as against $12,500 the 
week before. 

The run of "Abie's Irish Rose," at 
the Castle Square, is not included 
In this, as that show is now on the 
31st week, with another one yet to 
come, according to the present dope. 

The Tremont is dark this week, 
The Dove" having gone out Satur- 
day after a rather disappointing 
Boston engagement. 

Last Week's Estimates 
"Merry, Merry," Plymouth (1st 
week). $14,000. 

"A Kiss in a Taxi," Wilbur (3d 
week). $10,500 last week, off $2,000. 

"Captain Jinks," Shubert (7th 
week). $17,000, drop of $8,000 from 
the week before. 

"Abie's Irish Rose," Castle Sq. 
(31st week). Credited with about 
$8,000. Another week to go here. 

"The Two Orphans," Boston O. H. 
(one week). Opened Monday with 
all-star cast to $3.50 top. Expected 
to do big one-week business. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, I no.) 



L. A. Grosses 

• 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

The fourth week of "Rose-Marie" 
is further proof of how it Is burn- 
ing up the town. $26,000 the tally 
for last week. "Patsy" at the Ma- 
son drew $12,000, seventh week, and 
departs shortly for San Francisco. 

The first week of "She Walked In 
Her Sleep" at the Morosco drew 
$5,900, while Marjorle Rambeau in 
the second week of "The Night 
Duel" got $5,700. 

Will Morrissey's revue at the 
Orange Grove got $4,300 in four per- 
formances — Indicative of a good 
pace. 

(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



Good Money for "Desire" 

Cleveland. May 4. 
Despite the tall-end of the season, 
"Desire Under the Elms" has found 
profitable shelter in the Ohio the- 
atre. It drew around $31,500 during 
its first two weeks. 

Besides the box office it also got 
nothing but the kindest treatment 
Jrom the local critics., 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



SPECIAL FILM 
PHILLY'S BEST; 



LAST WK„ $18, 



Legit Shows Tumbl 
'Green Hat 9 Under $8; 
— Jane Cowl, $10; 




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Chorus Equity to Mset May 27 

The Chorus Equity Association 
will hold Its annual meeting at its 
New York headquarters May 27. 



week). May attempt summer 
continuance, though last week 
dropped to about $8,500 or little 
over; still profitable at that 
mark; attracted considerable at- 
tention. 

"Tip Toes,* Liberty (19th week). 
Eased off considerably; with 
gross of $20,000 last week neat 
profit claimed^ If present pace 
can be maintained, will go Into 
summer. 

"Vanities," Earl Carroll (44th 
week). Preparations for new 
"Vanities," due in July, an- 
nounced, Indicating present revue 
will wind up in about month; 
last week estimated under $20,000. 

"What Every Woman Knows," 
Bijou (4th week). Doing all ex- 
pected of revival of kind; busi- 
ness climbed wi£h gross well over 
$10,000. 

"Young Woodley," Belmont (27th 
week). Felt spring slump, too, 
but takings were over $8,000 last 
week; will run as long as 
profitable, which may take It into 
.summer. 

Outside Times Sq. — Little — Revivals 

"The Importance of Being 
Earnest," comedy presented by 
Actors' Thcatro; "The Servant in 
the House" and "Cyrano," Hamp- 
den's; "Bad Habits of 1926," Green- 
wich Village; "Cherry Pie" revue, 
Cherry Lane; "A Romantic Toung 
Lady," Neighborhood, with "The 
Dybbuk" again next week; "Juno 
and the Paycock." Mayfalr; 
"Orpheus,'* Provlncetown; "Friend 
Indeed," Central Park. 

(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 



IIJ 



Philadelphia, May 4. 
Daylight saving, hot weather and 
general reaction combined to bring 
grosses down with a bang last week. 
"Ben-Hur" was an exception, 
claiming better than $18,000, which 
is considerable more than many fig- 
ured as an opening pace. Consider- 
ing the scale, $1.65 top, with only 
a few seats for $2, this Is a great 
figure. 

"Queen High" also suffered less 
than some of the rest by doing 
$18,600 in its third week. This 
spells profit all ways and marks this 
house as a strong contender for 
summer continuance honors. The 
show has been strengthened by a 
couple of new songs. "Maritza" took 
a pronounced tumble at the Shubert 
the beginning of the week but 
climbed rapidly later. However, 
with a show as expensive as this 
a full summer's run, even with the 
Sesqul, is doubtful. There are ru- 
mors that along about the middle 
of June it will go to the Garden 
Pier, Atlantic City, for the two hot 
months. 

"No, No, Nanette" found the com- 
petition and the daylight saving 
pretty stiff, and fell to about $15,000, 
probably under. "Easy Virtue" did 
not draw very well at the Broad, 
but matinee trade held business 
higher than It would otherwise have 
been. "The Green Hat" continued 
to fade at the Lyric. 

There were two William McGulre 
plays in town, the latest arrival hav- 
ing considerably the best of It. 
This was "Twelve Miles Out," which 
pulled around $9,000 at the Walnut. 
"A Great Little Guy," generally 
considered one of the best comedies 
of this and any recent season, got 
only about $5,000 at the AdelphI in 
its fourth and last week. 

^oxt Monday the Broad will have 
"The Poor Nut," and the Lyric has 
"The Two Orphans" for a single 
week. Nothing is announced to fol- 
low either attraction. 

All eight houses will be open June 
1 and at least five of them will 
last considerably longer than that. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Easy Virtue"— (Broad, 3d week.) 
Coward play not very big here; only 
Jane Cowl's personal following, rep- 
resented especially at matinees, to 
hold it up; under $10,000. 

Countess Maritxa"— (Shubert, 3d 
week). Considerably off at begin- 
ning of last week. Dropped to $27,- 
000, but still looks big enough to 
linger for month or six weeks. 

T>." B J?" Hur,, ~" (Forre8t ' 3(1 week). 
Big film ono attraction not dented 
by conditions; in fact with one 
more performance than opening 
week got about $18,000. 

"No, No, Nanette"— (Garrlck, 5th 
week). Return engagement not as 
good as hoped; show beig held in 
regardless until June 1 to see what 
Sfcsqul and conventions will do* 
about $16,000. 

"Queen High"— (dhestnut, 4th 
week). Hurt a little, but looks 
strong enough to try for summer; 
$18,600 last week. 

"Twelve Miles Out"— (Walnut, 2d 
week). McGulre melodrama came 
in at tough time; built steadily at 
evening performances ; about $9,000. 

"Green Hat"— (Lyric, 6th week). 
A flop here; under $8,000 last week 
and goes out Saturday. "Two Or- 



ANITA LOOS' 
PLAY CHI'S 
BOMBSHELL 



'Gent' men Prefer Blondes* 
a 'Smash 1 — 'Rote-Marie' 
$19,000 on 2 Weeks 



Chicago, May 4. 
Sunday night's opening at the 
Selwyn of "Gentlemen Prefer 
Blondes" was not only one of the 
most brilliant premieres in months, 
but looks like a cinch hit. There is 
a parallel between this show and 

• The Green Hat." Both were adap- 
tatlons from best sellers, both 
opened in Detroit and hit the same 
Chicago theatre before New York. 
And "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is 
apt to be every bit as sweet at the 
box office. It ought to run a year in 
New York. 

"Louie the 14th" reopened Thurs- 
day and held capacity for the bal- 
ance of the week. The show lost a 
week's receipts by Leon Errol's ac- 
cident, but gained enough front- 
page publicity to balance the ac- 
count. It picked up like a frisky 
colt, and impresses as good for 
weeks to come. 

There are more shows going out 
and coming in within the period of 
one week than Chicago has probably 
ever had before. The exits include 
"Gay Paree," "Pair o* Fools," "Sport 
of Kings," Houdinl, "Naughty Cin- 
derella/ "Pigs/ "Duchess of Elba'* 
and "Rose- Marie." The Garrlck will 
return to legit after four months as 
host to "The Big Parade," "Betty 
Dear," the musical at the La Salle, 
will be moved over, with Joe Laurie, 
Jr., In "If 1 Were Rich" (title changed 
from "A Great Little Guy") going 
into the La Salle. With "Ben-Hur" 
in its last week at the Woods and 
no future booking set. It looks as if 
the theatre would be dark for a 
week or longer. "Rose-Marie* 
had a disastrous two weeks at the 
Auditorium, and its sudden with- 
drawal leaves the opera house (un- 
der summer lease to the Shuberts) 
dark. 

• The opening of the new 4- Cohans 
theatre is penciled for next Monday 
(May 10), with seats going on sale 
early this week. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"The Sport of Kings" (Playhouse, 
7th week). — About $6,500 for race- 
track comedy, which New York will 
see this week. 

"Betty Dear- (La Salle. 4th week). 
— Switching to larger Garrlck next 
week; last week figured $12,000. 

"Gay Paree" (Apollo, 12th week). 
—"Artists and Models" next; "Pa- 
ree" has been money-maker, heavy 
publicity counting; last week, $18,- 
000. 

"Duchess of Elba" (Harris, 4th 
and last week). Went out at $10,- 
000; no trade for Avery Hopwood 
double entendre: "Hush Money" 
Jumped In from New York for Fri- 
day opening; house dark four days. 

"Castles in the Air" (Olympic, 24th 
week). Galloping along at around 
$25,000; end not yet in sight. 

"Close Quarters" (Blackstone, 5th 
week). Typographical error credit- 
ed show $27,000 instead of $17,000; 
leading dramatic field with all-star 
cast reviving "Divorcons" May I 
and extension into June likely; 
last week, $16,500. 

"The Dybbuk" (Great Northern, 
1st week). Drama of Jewish ghet- 
to stirred up critics, who praised 
highly. $10,000, good. 

"Louie, the 14th" (Illinois, 8th 
week). Reopened to half a week of 
capacity business; demand stronger 
if anything. 

"Naughty Cinderella" (Selwyn, 
4th week). Got $12,000 on final 
week; house finally getting break 
with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"; 
big opening. 

"Pigs" (Cort, 24th week). Wind- 
ing up this week with "Out of the 
Night," a mystery piece, following; 
picked up some last week with an- 
nouncement of departure; $10,000. 

"Too Many Blondes" (Adelphi, 2d 
week). Harry Minturn, leading man 
of stock company, out several dayi 
due to illness; down to $6,400. "The 
Masked Woman" this week. 

"The Last Warning" (Central, - 4th 
week). Everyone satisfied at 

"Pair o» Foola" (Studebaker, 7th 
week). Did $13,600; Walker White- 
side following next week. . 

"Rose- Marie" (Auditorium, * a 
and final week). Bad Hop on re- 
turn engagement; $7,000. . 

Houdinl (Princess, 9th and flnai 
week). Finished at $8,000. 
(Copyright, 1926, by Variety, Inc.) 

phans" for single week to follow. 

"Puppy Love" — (Adelphi. 1« 
wefek). Week's only opening aj»« 
not a strong one; "Great Lltw 
Guy" very well liked, but didn't P"" 
business; about $5,000 in final wees, 
(Copyright, 192o, by Variety, Inc.) 



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Wednesday, May 5, 1W* 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



45 



PLAYS ON BROADWAY 



UTTLE THEATRE TOURNAMENT 



Tne fourth annual National Little 
Theatre Tournament, conducted by 
Walter Hartwlg aa general manager 
and under the auaplcea of tho Man- 
hattan Little Theatre Club, Inc., got 
wider way Monday night at the 
Bayea. with three local groups 
starting on the first lap toward the 
David Belasco trophy as the goal. 

So longer an experiment, the Lit- 
tle Theatre tourney seems to be 
crowing In Interest. E. H. Sothern. 
who waa an extra attraction as 
speaker for the first night said 
the Increase of the little theatre's 
popularity la creating considerable 
forest in the ranks of professional 
actors. Just why this should be so, 
Mr. Sothern, who was thorough on 
the discussion, although a bit 
lengthy, professed not to know, ex- 
tenting that authorities have It that 
IBore than 1,000 Little Theatre 
groups are In existence In the United 
States today. 

"Variety," aa has been announced, 
Si the official theatrical journal for 
constructive criticism, and its Judg- 
ment will be accepted, for profes- 
sional purposes, above the judges. 
The latter, in turn, seemed to have 
taken the attitude that if a trade 

rper Is to serve In such capacity, 
lets them out, which is not so. 
For purposes of prize awards, as 
compared to little theatre stand- 
ards, the board of judges is most 
Boceatary and far better qualified 
than "Variety." This paper merely 
will endeavor In this and next week's 
composite reviews of the remainder 
of the week's entries to touch on 
topics as compared to professional 
standards and if possible contribute 
a mite of constructive suggestion. 

Of Monday night's trio of offer- 
burs, all hailing from Manhattan, 
the first took the evening's honors. 
The Cellar Players, in view of tho 
limited field for comparison with 
some 16 other groups yet to come, 
cannot be predicted as possibilities 
fOr final honors, aithough a rlcrht. 
tight dramatic offering was pre- 
sented by them. 

The Cellar Players 

The Hudron Guild, Manhattan, group, 
presenting Edward C. Smith's "Rele-isc." 
produced by Alena Rr'anver And A>lo 
Oatman Nathan. Sett Ins dealKtied by 
Henry Dreyfuaa and executed by A. A. 
Gain. 

Lefty James O'Brien 

Rabbit John Hayde 

The Kid Andrew McCarron 

Bvll O'Mallcy... Franft Carney 

Tarpey William Cowrie 

Thid. like the rest of tho bill, is 
dramatic. "Release" being of the 
tneller type. The first four charac- 
ters are gangsters, the) county Jail 
scene being their present abode 
pending the district attorney's pros- 
ecution. Tarpey is the turnkey. 
Played by William Gowrle it Has a 
weak characterization, but sufficed 
to do "straight" for the gangsters 
In conjuring up visions of "the 
chair" that awaited the murderers. 
This smacked too obviously of anti- 
capital punishment propaganda, but 
was neatly sandwiched into the 
action. 

Lefty, the actual murderer, Is 
yellow." and although played n 
Just hand by fate in a coln-dinping 
match to find one who would "go 
the route" to free tho other three, 
he welches. Bull finally gives him 
another chance, and again Lefty 
loses, but Insists on dragging his 
accomplices with him. Bull there- 
upon strangles the jelly-backed one 
and is willing to die. for now he 
has a Just cause. 

It's a very effective offering, pure- 
ly theatrical but for its propaganda, 
which is neither here nor there. The 
jetting was distinctive, as was to 
be expected from Henry Dreyfuss, 
*ho is otherwise production man- 
ager at the Mark- Strand. New York. 
James OUrlen us Lefty and Frank 



Carney as Bull were particularly 
impressive. 

Thalian Players 

*'E ay f£,.' njrn . th,> Hron * Y. M. H. A. in 
Hie Chl.dten, • playlet by liufua Learel, 
•tused by William W. Schorr. 

ff* Samuel Rolan.l 

if, Emanuel Herllnc- 

Wally Langtord Charles Bollinger 

Because of its theme, the Bronx 
Y. M. H. A. group's offering is 
rather local. The disregard for 
their dead male parent by his es- 
tranged three children is tho bur- 
den of the sketch. It is rather long- 
winded and tritely written. 

A novel twist would have been 
in having Langford. the Gentile the- 
atrical manager who is the why- 
fore of Clara turning from her peo- 
ple, entered in the guise of the rabbi 
character and pre ach on honoring 
the dead, instead of the other (un- 
programmed) ecclesiastical charac- 
ter who spieled his stuff very much 
to the Thomasheisky. 

The setting was a black boxed 
draped affair, striking, with the 
twin candclebra and the other light 
effects imparting the desired ef- 
fect. 

The players actually did more 
than passingly well, considering the 
talky "sides" alloted each. 

The Vagabond Players 

Martin Flavin * i l:i > let. aU^ed by Wil- 
liam A. Rotljtj h.l.l. set in an unnharte 1 
Island In the South Soaa. 

MacGregor Robert Lance 

Gnmp John BreKtlckcr 

Capt. Prince Wm. a. Roths< hil.i 

Coolie Frederick UomlH 

Coolie >»athan Gulp 

Rather a colorful production, set 
on a South Sea Island with a treas- 
ure hunt as the motif. The brag- 
ging Scot MacGregor and Grlmp, 
his lieutenant, are out to foil Capt. 
Prince, whom they suspect. Their 
hunt la successful and the hidden 
treasure of Spanish doubloons de- 
cides them to remain behind and 
await an expected vessel in three 
weeks, rather than risk a return on 
Prince's vessel. MacGregor, brag- 
ging about his "brains" (the title) 
has everything cued nicely untii 
discovering that the keg of water 
they took off with them is of the 
ocean's salt and not aqua pura. 
The moral seemingly being that 
what glory being a Midas on a bar- 
ren island with a fatal end await- 
ing tomorrow. 

Here, too, a post-climax might 
havo been appended in having Capt. 
Prince who u id n't act like the das- 
tardly character he was painted, re- 
turn with succor to prove himself. 

Regard leas of plot content, the 
playing here was distinctive. Rob- 
ert Lance as the dialect Scot and 
John Bresticker in a "limey" role 
naturally had the opportunities with 
William A. Rothschild, who also 
staged, as the naval olflccr holding 
up his end. Abel. 



The Importance of Being Earnest 

Actors' Theatre presents a revival of 
Oncar Wilde led by Dudley 

Digices; at the Comedy May 8. 

I,ane (J * raid H.nnet 

Algernon MoiuileiT K«»l.iald uwen 

John WorihlnK \ ernon Kteo.e 

Ludy liracknell Luei.e Wat hod 

Mins Falriax llaroldlno Humphreys 

Cecily Cardcw latrl lu Collinge 

Miss Priam Catherine- Proctor 

Mi-rriman WalliB Kohertu 

Uev. Chusuble Dudley Digues 



Oscar Wilde wrote this scintillant 
farce in lie was then the moat 

lionized literary man in the world, 
on the crest of his fore-doomed 
career. He was the most conspic- 
uous snob, fop and aesthete in Lon- 
don. To him nothing was sacred. 
He was a brilliant und merciless 
cynic. For a phrase he made a 
nobleman a clown; for a paragraph 
he crucified a reputation; for a 
brochure he booberi-rd his country, 
his flag, his college, his soul. 

A year later he was writing "The 
Callad of Reading Gaol ' — a shaven, 
broken, humiliated convict, spat 



PLAYERS IN THE LEGITIMATE 



JOHN BYAM 

"MY Q| R L" 

La Salle. Chicago 
Management LYLB ANDREWS 



LEON ERROL 



in 



"LOUIE THE 14TH" 

ILLINOIS, CHICAGC 

MAX 
HOFFMANN, Jr. 

-CAPT. JINK8"— Shubert, Boston 

JOHN QUINLAN 

it Add™*: 14S W«t Wk St.. 
Hew Y«* 

«'<•>«•** 



EDNA 
COVEY 

With Leon Errol in 

"LOUIE THE 14TH" 

ILLINOIS. CHICAGO 



BERNARD GRANVILLE 

COMEDIAN 
"CASTIK* IN TIIK AIR" CO. 
Olympic. Chicago 

" FLORENCE MOORE 

"Greenwich Village Follies" 
8HUBERT. NEW YORK 

"MERRY MERRY" 

WITH 

MARIE SAXON 

This Week, Plymouth, Boston 



upon and kicked about; hla name 
was only the cue for a dirty Joke 
nd an unmentionable Jibe. 

Hut he had written TI : Impor- 
tance of being Earnest" while he 
still laughed at the world upon 
which he reigned to glance down, 
when he mill held us a secret the 
weird psychopathic twists of his 
being. He wrote it, therefore, not 
as the sufferer who rang the deep- 
est notes of philosophical ratiocina- 
tion in M De Profundts" later, or 
who was to leave an ocean of tears 
for the future generation who would 
read his humiliating heart-breaks 
in his "Ballad of Reading GaoL" 

And if ever there lived the apoth- 
eosis of smart, sneering, effete clev- 
erness, it was the Oscar Wilde of 
1S05. 

Today his epigrams come forth 
like faeets of a steel-blue diamond — 
a cold, hard diamond, but still a 
diamond. 

Latter-day wits, paragraphcrs 
(and, were the art not obsoiete, one 
might make the recommendation to 
cpigrammers) will do well to sit 
through "The Importance of Being 
Earnest." Then» they will go forth 
and buy themselves pearl-handled 
revolvers; and if they have any 
consciences will turn them inwaru 
and use them. 

A hard-boiled little farce, this, 
strung on the thinnest lines of 
structure, for Wildes contempt foi 
everything was so comprehensive 
that he had no more reverence for 
accepted rules of writing than he 
had for accepted codes of morals. 

Characters — caricatures, of course, 
but devilishly shrewd caricatures — 
walk about upon the stage. Anu 
i hey speak. They speak in unre- 
served iy sparkling repartee. Wilde 
was not afraid of being thought a 
smart-Alec. He wasn't even afraid 
i>e wouldn't. He knew he was. And 
he was. 

What a diatribe against society, 
love, matrimony, sex, money; whai 
a satire on the romantic plots so 
popular in those musty days; what 
a laughing stock It makes of youth- 
ful Innocence and mature decency, 
it isn't openly immoral. But it is 
inherently unmoral. It is the throaty 
chuckle of the unbeliever, who 
doesn't care whether or not less 
jophisticated ones believe, but who 
openly derides them if they do — if 
ihey believe In the sanctity, the 
iruth, the sincerity of anything. 

The British Van Bibbers whom he 
chisels wiih his ruthless hammer 
and keen, line, Damascus-cut edged 
tool become the animated l-'ygmu- 
Uons and Gala teas of his caustic 
method of stoning thought. 

But with what amusing, irresist- 
ibly penetrating passages he endows 
them. These are not muttering, 
mumbling dissatisfied folks; these 
are grotesque mummers making a 
lampoon of what the credulous call 
holy. 

He makes a virgin fall in love 
with a man because of his first 
name; her mother finds a nameless 
girl charming because she has 
money; the love-sick males eat 
n.uliins and scramble for the salad 
while the affairs of their hearts are 
in the balance; the superannuated 
governess is a husband-hunter; the 
noblewoman is a society-fiend; the 
sub-deb girls of gentle breeding are 
cats and cheats and liars. 

And yet it Is a pretty picture- 
because it is reprehensible to be 
s irdonic, but it is proper to be good 
at it. 

What New York will do about this 
revival is quite in doubt. It was 
originally done here by Frohman 
some dozen years back, and was 
taken up by the high -brows, the 
ong-hairs and the -surviving Wilde- 
ites. The low tragedy (or high com- 
edy — surely it would have been 
comedy to Wilde had it happened 
to any one else) of the fallen star 
w;t.s rather fresh then. It is a semi- 
myth now, more symbolic than ac- 
tual. 

A new if small school of Wilde- 
devotees baa gradually developed 
. ince then. But tho "sensation" has 

died out. 

What the reflex will show is con- 
nect ural. 

At any time and under any con- 
ditions, this sacriligious, profane 
(without a single sacrilegious or 
proCano word, ns we know them 
. i long liroadway) farce is far too 
brilliant to ever become a broad 
general success. The simpletons 
cannot understand it; those who 
can, enjoy it, but they leave with a 
dreadful pain in the Inferiority com- 
plex. For Wilde makes one feel ho 
( li< ap, so stripped of all use or rea- 
son In the world. 

That is not a box-office reaction. 

Smartly acted and directed in con- 
gruous spirit, this revival will still 
not attain a healthy run. Five or 
;ix weks will prove ample, no 
doubt, to bring forth all of the 
7.000,000 New Yorkers who crave 
this thrill In the theatre. On may 
"ilme. I. nil. 



BAD HABITS OF 1926 

Intimate revue pro'lurM hy IivntK 
St i on -»o at the fJr*"*nwi'h Village: th*\'»T«' 
A f ■ j I :;<». MtiPio by Manning Hherwin. an<) 
l.srl'H by Arthur H«rzotr. Jr. Number* 
stnK^'l by Iial[>h H»-;o]f>r nnd dlalo* by 
P« rry Ivln*. Continue and setting* by 
!«>s*l»h Mullen. Cast rumpm^d of 17 ]>rn- 
j«l«\ rhorui and prlnchnH. In 28 «cen«« 



Job In putting on "The First Fifty 
Years," Henry Myers' play, in which 
Claro FJames and Tom Powers were 
the aole actors. His newest effort, 
which "they" say was promoted on 
a shoe string or less, at least shows 
him to be a fellow with nerve if 
things were really that tough. And 
although his little revue is tiresome 
at many times, it also has much 
good stuff. Included among the 
things with a commercial value is 
one song, "Would-Ja." which 
sounded like it had a real dance 
swing and would stand being played 
by a real orchestra— for, unfortu- 
nately, the musical accompaniment 
ia almost zero minus. 

The trouble with nearly all these 
littlo revues is that the casts can t 
do anything except the most ele- 
mental dancing. Singing always 
deplorable; diction in unison chorus 
numbers \vor?e than that and the 
ability to project a punch lacking. 
Thus, much good material goes ut- 
terly to waste. 

Especially off arc the men in 
"Bad Habits," mostly youngsters 
who probably don't havo to work 
for a living and who are, there- 
fore, lending their talents for small 
compensation to the cause of artis- 
tlc-revue making. The girls are 
shapely, pretty and given to a dis- 
play of their figures. Brassieres 
having been omitted, they manage 
to project quite a leeandjakish 
flavor into some of the chorus num- 
bers. When the nasty sketches are 
recalled, one wonders if it isn't just 
a Shubert revue in miniature. 

Particularly good Is a satire <ui a 
combination of "young Woodley" 
and "The Vortex," wnerein Noel 
Coward is burlesqued until he looks 
even sillier than in "The Vortex." 

A "Babes In Hollywood" sketch, 
with the infant prodigy aa the 
father of his secretary's child, also 
gets a laugh or so while a skit on 
the ridiculous amount of applause 
given all-star casta also seems to be 
of that material which might click 
on Broadway. 

Lots of the numbers are strictly 



blatto, aa they're handled now. One 
or two are good, particularly tho 
advice to commuters, which opens 
the last half and in which the out- 
of-towners are told what follows, 
so that if they feel like leaving now 
they can catch the train and still 
feel they haven't missed anything. 
But a lecture on bicycling Is no 
good as now done, and several 
sketches — particularly the ones 
labeled "Type-casting" and "Lady 
Godlva Go Bob Your Hair," Just 
good Ideas nil wet. 

Of the people, Kathryn and Har- 
riet Hamill, two nifty lookers of 
show girl build, looked nicest, al- 
though Florence Selwyn, with aw- 
fully amateurish material, created 
a distinct Impression. She speaks 
Kngllsh without over-stressing the 
accent, like Aline MnrMahon and a 
few others who might be mentioned 
as would-lK' practitioners of the Ger- 
trude Lawrence art. Ann Schmidt 
did ono nice dance in a pair of 
short and revealing tights, while 
Hume Deer, blonde, also played 
some sketch parts well. 

Thus "Bad Habits" Is pretty 
much a 60-50 show. With a real 
ca »t and a carload of restaglng, It 
might make the grade. Inasmuch 
is it opened after several postpone- 
ments and still isn't routined prop- 
erly this review may be a little too 
harsh. It seems but right to say 
that a week from now it should bo 
running in much better shape. 
Commercially, the "Would-Ja" aong 
ought to help a lot, depending, of 
course, on the play it can get on 
the orchestras around town. But 
Bad Habits" probably Isn't any- 
thing better than Just a Village 
show. With rent cheap and the 
cast costing little, 1. may be able 
to go for a while. 

But the uptown gait would be too 
last, and it does not rate with 
"Grand Street Follies" or "Garrlck 
Gaieties," obviously the revue* 
which inspired its production. 

Bilk. 



PLAYS OUT OF TOP 



Th« Irving Strouse who produced 
this is the same young nan who 
several years ago did a • editable 



KITTY'S KISSES 

Newark, N. J., May 1. 
Musical comedy In two rv.Ih and hcv«ti 
scenes. Hook by l'hlllp Ilorthoioinae and 
Otto JIarbach. I,yrlcn ataged by Ous 
Kalin. MuMc by Con Conrad. Dances by 
Bobby Connolly. 1'resented by William A. 
Brady at the Shubert, Newark, N. J., week 
April 26. 

Mm. liurke Jane Conor*.. 

Mr. Burke Frank lintel'. 

A Country Girl Georiruia Tllden 

Lulu Allecn Mcehan 

KlUy Brown Dorothy Dllley 

Robert Mason John BoIoh 

'ihe Day Clerk William Wayne 

The Ten-phone <llrl Kuth Warren 

The Bel. boy Charles Wllllanu 

Tho Maid Elizabeth Murruy 

The Niuht Clerk Larry Mark 

Klrhar.l Dcnnison Mark Smith 

Mm. Dennlwm Frances Burke 

l'hlllp Dennison Churl™ Flnan 

Miss Wendel Mildred K^ats 

Although not so programed, this 
is a musie.'il version of "Little Miss 
IJrown," the Richard Barlholomae 
farce. "Kitty's Kisses," allowin;; for 
a very ragged first nl^ht, may make 
a good .summer show, but nothing 
more. It is said, however, that some 
new prineipals may go In tonight, 
and this should muke a world of 
difference. 

The familiar story 1h that Kitty 
Brown, on the way to meet h« r 
mother, is deprived of admittance 
to hotels in u strange eity wheo 
she has lout her money and baggage. 
Accordingly she gives the name of 
the wife of n man expected at a 
hotel, and consequently finds herself 
unexpectedly the breakfast cueist of 
a man with whom she hut* Inno- 
cently spent the night. 

Much that Is amuHing In the plot, 
but at times, particularly in the 
second art, the book drags inexplic- 
ably and more than once it In not 
at all apparent that the story known 
where it is going - if anywhere. In 
the light of all that ha.s been done 
with bedrooms since thJs farce first 
aroused the blushes of the timid 
early lUOO's it would seem thnt much 
more might smartly come nut of the 
second act situation. Of course, the 
book might be more or less 
scrapped, but as it Ih made very 
prominent it should Justify Itself. 

No outstanding personality and 
none can .sing, if John Holes is ex- 
cepted. Dorothy Dlilcy as Kitty is 
Winsome and well-suited. She can 
dance with Hi'- !>est. Another lively 
stepper is Mildred Keats, who is 
also not hurtful to the eyes. As 
the male lead Mr. iiolcs outlooks as 
well as nuttings the others, and has 
an encaging manner. Kuth Warren 
and W illiam Wayne furnishes mwh 
eomeu'y by their lively patter, ard 
their ero»ey<| iio iImiu i i i lt |* as laugh- 
able as (ii.c ha.s any right to expect. 
Murk Smith as Kitty's cjj-roomer is 
amu.-lng. Klizabeth Murray as the 
maid hardly sccrned s< t In th< part. 

ThA \% attractive mediums (only 
one blonde, rlevplt' gentlemen) are 
agile and appear with elpht male 
comrades in two ensembles that are 
superb. Otherwise the dancing re- 
veals no originality — not their fault. 
The "College Four" Is down for spe- 
cialHcF. but the littlu chance given 
for singing gets them nowhere. 

The lyrics, so far as they can be 



heard, /iound above the average 

hoa.mg, does not seem up to Con- 
ads usual standard. It is pleasing 
and appropriate, but not at all .trlk- 
ing. Kittys Kisses," which is 
Plugged, should become popular 

in^" f WhoIe ' the Bnaw to 

£ oK? Ia r 8 \ nnd yet ai, y on « »hould 
be ab!- to hi « g„od tl-ne watch- 

ln & Austin. 

SUCH A "BUSINESS 

-.u -Angeles, May 1. 

TonV n,. ld *»«■ Pl«>«ra at the Hollywood 
a d wm, Wr .-I l "2 by Abraham Oold- 

Uo,dtn Mary Dawn 

f?rVw:ti r ,dV,;; - 



Irving Jny Silver 

Mr*. H.lver 

Hchmldt 

Mnry Joyce .... 
HfVfs. . . . 
A'l.'ims .... 
Hcriifitein . . 



• Minna 



'••••••••••••a* 



Victor Rodman 
Kerry Madman 
.Wi:iar4 Jeiinrn 

Murloa King 

.James Worn ley 

!•:<! Kitch 

.Wlllard Jennan 



Such a Business," which received 
its first hearing before filled scats 
at the Hollywood Tent Theatre last 
Sunday. Is not as had as might be 
expected. With visions of another 
attempt to duplicate "Abie," this 
comedy turned out mors like a 
Montague f;iaHs rhapsody. 

"Love In tho cigar business" tells 
the story in a nutshell. It opens 
with Max Golden making his own 
cigars in a little iNew York shop, 
satisfied and contented. His daugh- 
ter, however, has a yen for an ar- 
tistic career and when an offer 
comes to sell 1,000,000 of his stogies 
a month, she hops the old man up 
to cxpund. A Mrs. Silver, with her 
son, Irvin g, horn In f„r a partner- 
whip so that the expansion can be 
made. 

The second act, a year later, 
shows the big factory running with 

a lot of business trouble coming for 
Golden and Silver. Strikes, detec- 
tives seeking booze and young Sil- 
ver's love for Miss Go!den all lend 
up to the climax with the old clgar- 
mnkcr ordering the lovers out of 
ills ofuVe f nr ^ood. 

Iv. erythl.-ig i s f ( .j, P( | ljp j n tJ)e 
third act ), y the girl stenographer, 
who has worked under a contract 
wh.-rehy she was not to speak and 
who turns out to be a prohibition 
ofllc r with the goods on the heavy, 
a ferret partner who has been using 
clirar boxes for gin bottle ovrr- 
eoat.M. 

W' Ham If . Strauss, one of the 

authors, played the featured part 
and pla.M-d it weil. There Is noth- 
ing "hokov" about tile niay with the- 
exception of some over or under 
acting Ijy Minna Kedman as tho 
elderly Jewish lady and some poetry 
on love fiuoted by thr? clerk. 

StrausH gave a decent, logical in- 
terpretation of a small-time cl^ar 
roller without dialect or monkey- 
business The other parts wero 
straight • nnugh, with Victor Hod- 
man deserving praise for Jumping 
Into the Irving Silver port In a 
day. 



46 



Wednesday, Ifay 5, 192* 



K.K. K.MAY BE 

(Continued from page 43) 

reopening was occasioned by Equity 
stepping In to know who was who 
behind the revival and insisting 
upon the usual two weeks' bond, 
but the Harris and Shubert guaran- 
tees abrogated the necessity of post- 
ing bond, and the show opened. 

Before it got under way, however, 
another entanglement cropped up 
when the management attempted to 
replace Fred Santley, holding run- 
of-play contract for the piece, by 
Sam Crltcheson. The latter had re- 
hearsed two weeks, but was not per- 
mitted to play, since Equity ruled 
that Santley would have to be kept 
In. It was also ruled that the man. 
agement were liable for two weeks' 
salary for Crltcheson. 

Equity Council pointed out in Its 
decision in favor of the above play- 
era that the show had not laid off 
the required eight weeks before re- 
opening, and therefore previous 
contracts were in force. It also 
ruled that Chona Paula, who had 
followed Molly Doherty In the piece 
and had not been recalled for the 
reopening, was entitled to a week's 
salary in lieu of notice. 

These recent entanglements are 
but another episode of the turbulent 
career of the musical since Its open- 
ing last summer at the Times 
Square, New York. After the road 
engagements the company reopened 
at Daly's, New York, and closed 
owing several weeks' salaries. 

Jules Leventhal was later inter- 
ested, but bowed out after a week in 
Brooklyn, claiming the piece to be 
too greatly financially Involved to 
Interest him. After Leventhal's 
withdrawal George M. Gatts held 
the bag for it, with Leon De Costa, 
-author, jointly Interested, and with 
Gatts reported bowing out on its re- 
cent reopening, although understood 
to hold the road rights for two com- 
panies next season through the 
original agreement with De Costa. 



SHOP TALK 



(Continued from page 42) 
The first thing to digest is that criticisms and suggestions should only 
be regarded when they wm rlpht to you. 

The fact that tht-y may apply generally, or apply to other people does 
not mean that In your particular case they should be regarded as proofs 
of holy writ. Unless a girl or boy has some innate good quality dis- 
tinctively liis own, he has no great call to the stage. Only such sug- 
Kestlons as help to develop this quality are of use. But in the anxiety 
to please a director, an agent, a manager or a critic, the Innate instinct 
is often violated. 

"But that is diplomacy," said one of them to me. "You can't Insist on 
your own way and hold a job." 

Defining Hypocrisy 

That is going to the other extnnie. Hypocrisy is not diplomacy. The 
two are usually confused. Hypocrisy is the lowest human quality. It 
Js pretending to agree with what you do not believe for the sake of a 
momentary approval or advantage. It Is cowardly and weakening. 

Smashing your way through blatantly and defiantly is the savage's 
method. It has no place in civilization. It is as the senseless rock 
which rolls down hill smashing everything in Its way and destroying 
without accomplishing. 

Between these courses lies diplomacy, the very highest civilized human 
quality. Diplomacy prevents wars, and ends wars. It oils the complex 
machinery of life. It brings opposite minds together on the right course. 
In the matter of taking direction, it combines in the actor the ability 
to promote discipline by taking direction understanding^, and using only 
that which appeals to his actor's intelligence when it comes to the per- 
formance. It presupposes sufficient common sense in the actor to talk 
over disputed points with the director, at times and places which will 
not delay or upset rehearsals. Few directors, deliberately work against 
the best results Just to "show off,", although many resent the arguing 
and trouble making actor even when he is right. Just a little sense, and 
all goes well. 

But the black doubts and despondencies of the conscientious young 
artist who has not as yet made good surely do disappear when he finds 
himself in that first sweet hit. From then on his feet are on the ground. 
If he takes his triumph with the humility and thankfulness of a real 
artist instead of with the arrogance of the ahallow-pated, he never again 
suffers the cold nervous horror of earlier trials. Failures he may have 
and will have, for the success means also new and higher demands, but 
at least he has landed once and knows it can be done again. 

With this success comes the knowledge that those signs and symbols 
of accidental authority that have affrighted him so long are not as 
awful as they once seemed. Gradually those whom he thought possessed 
of some magic power or secret knowledge become fallible to his opened 
eyes. He realizes that they were only guessing too. That no one knows 
exactly and for certain Just what will register with the physocology of a 
succession of audiences, regardless of the reaction of some one particular 
audience. And gradually he develops a method, and a technique and 
a touch of his own. 

/ Methods 

Gradually he learns that one can get a laugh or a round of applause 
by a mastery of the falling Inflection — by finality — at the ends of 



speeches. But he 'learns also that some artists get the same results b 
exactly the opposite method. * 

Then, but later, he finds that the greater artists regard nothing f 
this kind so much as the sense of the speech or action, and, as th 
musician who has learned his scales and forgotten them, so he learn* 
to let inflections find themselves and live only the sense of the to * 
from the heart outward. xl 

"Why can't he disregard all these methods rnd technique and feel tmw* 
the heart in the first place?" x m 

Ah! That is the fallacy of the brilliant youth who says, "You don't 
act any more. That Is old fashioned. You Just talk and act natural " 

If that were true the iceman could play Hamlet. 

You will learn the technique and the rules and the mechanics first, 
son, and learn them so thoroughly that you use them unconsciously 
before you can "Just talk and act naturally." It is quite true that 
genius can break every rule, but you can be quite sure the rules must 
be thoroughly learned before they can be intelligently broken. 

And even then they are not really broken. They Just seem to be 
broken. The reality and life of a great actor's performance are so 
vivid that technique is not apparent. But none the less it underlies the 
effective performance. And it must be learned. And it must be learned 
with painstaking drudgery. Genius never gave anyone technical 
knowledge. A monkey comedian may get by with a great farce per- 
formance by accident in one case, but he will learn his business tech* 
nlcally before he can repeat it in a variety of the great comedy rolls. 
But, the technique once mastered, the hit will come, if there is also 
talent. And when it comes, Is is not an accident. 

Studying Actor's Business 

Incidentally, it Is well for the young actor who wishes to advance 
practically, not only to diligently study his own business, but to avoid 
too much prominence in other business. It is hard enough to convince 
managers that you can act. It is doubly hard to convince them that 
you can excel In two things. Unnecessary activity in professional 
agitations are usually mistrusted and taken as an alibi for bad acting. 
Better leave all that to the regularly constituted authorities of your or- 
ganization as long as they have your respect and confidence. That is 
what they are there for. Besides, as the art of acting declines, the 
technical business problems of acting seem to multiply. In attempting 
to regulate them single handed one must be either an expert or a bungler. 

For instance, it is the law that the management shall pay for all 
costumes and "wraps" essential to the performance. But he also owns 
them exclusively. The actor has no right to make private use of them. 
In the case of a play running so long that the juvenile men must have 
their faces lifted to prevent their becoming character men, the manage- 
ment must pay for the * urgery. But he thereby owns the faces. And 
the technical point raised by the actors taking these uplifted faces out 
of the theatre to eat steak with, requires an acumen of judgment beyond 
the capacity of the individual actor who still wishes to remember his 
cues. 




NEW YORK THEATRES 



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Hew Amsterdam 

Mat*. Wed. A Sat., 1:20 
Brlaatw. DIUlnsfeta * Zltefeld. Ms. Dtt. 



CHABL1 



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MARILYN MILLER 



and he? Star 

Coapaa? la 



'SUNNY' 



Aristocrat 
of Musical 
Comedies 



FULTON THEA - w 41 st 

* Mate. Wed. A Sat.. 1:10 

CRARLBS DILLINGHAM preseats 

INA CLAIRE 

la a Comedy by Frederick Lonsdale 

'The Last of Mrs. Cheyney' 

with Roland Young and A. B. Matthewa 
Staved by Wlnchell Smith 




It is canary yellow velvet with open shank, rounded toe and 
tapering heel Its lines are French-its smartness is I. Miflerf 

This is one of the vivid little 
slippers that puts the "kick" 
into Miss Bee Jackson's 
"Charleston" and does its bit 
towards helping her retain 
her title of "World's Cham- 
pion Charleston Dancer" . . . 
And. of course, like all the 
smart slippers she wears for 
all occasions-it's by I. Miller! 

.MILLER 

1554 BQOADWAY 




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C.lnrt* C** rt *> B'r A 4«th St. Eva. 1:10 
VJIODC DtUtB«h*ai Mate. Wed. ft 8at.. X :2« 

K. K. Frasee'a Round-the-world 
Musical Seneatlon 

NO. NANETTE 

with LOUISat GBOODY ia| Stm* ctst 

CORT Tn »*- W 41th St. Rree. 1:3* 
* Mats. Wed. and Sat.. 3:S« 

George Jessel in 
"The Jazz Singer' 1 

NEW 4TH EDITION 

ss« VANITIES 

EARL CARROLL 

Matinees Thursday and Saturday 

The MARX BROTHERS 



Dir. A. L. I IRPDTV w 42d St Mat* 

Brlnnrer ■ Wixl. & H;it. 

MUSICAL COMEDY TRIUMPH 

TIP-TOES 

with QUEENIE 8MITH, ALLEN 
KEARN3, ANDREW TOMBE8, 
HARRY WATSON, JR. 

R 17 1 A CPA Thee.. W. 44 Bt. En. I:M 
OLLAOW Mats. Ttaur. A Bat.. 2:3t 

DAVID BfCLASCO Presents 

LENORE ULRIG 

as LULU BELLE 



nj|__^:_ D__,L. Thea., 46 St. ft Stn At. 

Martin nedc Mat a. wed. a sat. 

A. H. WOODS Present a 

FLORENCE REED in 
THE SHANGHAI GESTURE 

by JOHN COLTON 



DEAREST ENEMY 

The Exquisite Musical Success with 
HELEN FORD and 
CHARLE8 PURCELL 

KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE, B'waf 
and 38th St. (Dir. A. L. Erlanjer). 
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday 



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Expresses his appreciation to the American public 
and the critics of New York for the enthusiastic 

welcome to the Spanish star 

RAQUEL MELLER 



Vow playing a limited engagement at the Empire, 

New York 



In response to numerous requests 

Senorita MELLER 

Has Consented to continue at the Empire another 

four weeks 

Because of that her contemplated appearances out of 
town have been deferred until October 



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RADIO RAMBLINGS 



WNJ,« Newark, threat ens to in- 
crease its power. It should, other- 
wise it stands no chance In the met- 
ropolitan district wltli WOK and the 
other big local stations. Hert Strip- 
er's Orchestra from the Robert 
Treat hotel proved interesting when 
picked up around midnight. 

Olsen's Hits 

George Olson's "Cidnsr Home 
Blues," his trade-mark ehoo-choo 
efTeet, is now also a radio trade- 
mark. Just like Lopez's "On the 
Radio" is a farewell anthem, the 
"Going Home Pines" is Olsen'a 
signing off token. Olsen is also to be 
credited for "making" the novelty 
"Horses" the hit it is. It's a frequent 
request and along with "Who," a 
nightly offering. 

The songwritlng Rev. Tierre Con- 
nors also gets a corking break from 
the Olsenites with "What's the Good 
of Moonlight." which should click. 
(Parenthetically. Rev. Connors 
Claims authorship of "Love Sends a 
Little Gin of Roses." which found 
its way to London and became a hit 
from that source). Olsen's own "You 
Need Someone to Love" is also a 
potential hit, and a genuine public 
favorite without being ovor-plugged. 



Casa Lopez. The team played at 
the night club. Wenrich is also 
composer of the sensationally pop- 
ul:tr 'Castles in the Air" musical, a 
Chicago hit. Apropos of Lopez, the 
Poly-Otis debate recently ran over- 
time and the band man's time was 
cut into without Lopez knowing it. 
One lhen heard the familiar an- 
nouncement, "t?v» title -f tiie num- 
ber just played, etc." with Ix>pez 
seemingly unconscious h»» was 
broadcasting through a "0. ad" mic 
rophone. 



A new radio entry is Lew Rader- 
man's band from the F'elham Heath 
Inn, New York, via WEAF. Rader- 
man has a phonograph recording 
rep, and his ether impression is as 
favorable as anticipated. 



Mike Wat "Dead" 

Dolly Connolly and Percy Wen- 
rich made their radio debut during 
Vincent Lopez's period from the 




SAM DIBERT 



Golden'* Misconstruction 

Ernie Golden misconstrued Va 
riety's Radio Rambling comment as 
an adverse criticism, with Golden ad 
libbing something about "Variety 

panned me" when the criticism was. hon# , with Jam#8 q. 

intended in kindest of spir t *or D »■ 8 S nn 7 ybrook Orcheatrn, 

whatever corrective purposes it may at Cindere || a Ballroom, Nsw York. 

accomplish. The Golden orchestra is Mf Dlbert u Qne of ^ moet 
as ever the WMCA hlgh^ght. The versatl | e dance orchestra musicians 
Thursday midnight "Broadway in America. He plays a score of in- 
Night" from the Hotel McAlpln struments with equal facility and 
grill with "Is Zat So?" and "Son* expertness. although concentrating 
of the Flame" people present was a on the -hot" saxophone exclusively, 
lively affair. The Moscow Art Five *», torrid mainstay «* ™ 
, ' . ... .. . . I Pimm lck-3unny b rook's reed — ctlosu 

pleased with their music. 1 — ■ 



New Books 



Two volume* on "Saturday 
Evening Post" serializations 
came off the press this week. 
Paul Whiteman's book on 
"Jazz," published by Sears A 
Co. is a largely elaborated 
work on his "Sateveposf 
three -part treatise on synco- 
pation. 

Frank- Maurice. Inc., are 
publishers of Charles K. Har- 
ris* "40 Yearn of Melody — After 
the Ball," which ran in its en- 
tirety in the weekly 

Another new volume, pub- 
lished by Lang. Inc., Is Ar- 
thur Lange's "Arranging for 
the Modern Dance Orchestra." 



o u ^ ,.. # i spoke brilliantly on news gathering 

The Sachs Quality Boys from an<| pluwd hta new "United States 

WMCA. plugging the Sachs furnl- Dally - ^ WRC .Washington, T>. C 

ture company, i a so-so combina- relayed wltn WJZt New York. Law- 

tion. Their planolog stuff is okay. rence , a the Jewish correspondent 

but the comedy overly familiar and whom IIenry Fo rd In his Dearborn 

fiat. George and Harry are remlnls- "independent" propaganda, termed 

cent of The Happiness Boys and n^thp^ce of Wilson" Law- 



not standing up by comparison. 



David Lawrence, the famous 

•Washington, D. C, political cor- 
respondent, and now president of 
the Consolidated Press Association, 



rence having gained th* then chief 
executive's confidence to an unusual 

degree. 



LEADING 01 


[CHESTRAS 


1 IRVING AAR0NS0N 1 


JO ASTORIA 



WOR'i Bret ton Hall string quar- 
tet from the Hotel Bretton Hall, 
New York, plays classic and stand 
ard music with as much facility as 
r>ops and jazz. 



AND HIS 

COMMANDERS 

Fox's, Philadelphia 

Irvine Aaronaon's CruHfiders now In 

their 2d sen no n at Jansncn'H Famous Mid- 
town, Hof brau. ■ New York. 



and his 

HOTEL ANTILLIA ORCHESTRA 
Coral Gables, Fla. 



ACE BRIGODE 



DON BESTOR 



And His Orchestra 

Victor Records 

Management: Music Corp. of Amer- 
ica, Chicago, HI. 



and His 14 Virginians 

Hotel Congress, Chicago 
Pergonal Management: Joe Friedman 



DETROIT 



la the South, Ifs^ 

FRANCIS CRAIG 



JEAN GOLDKETTE 



and II1S ORC1IRHTRA 
Columbia Hecorda Nashville, Tennessee 



Orchestras 

VICTOK KKt'ORDS 

Rialto, New York, 6th Week 
EARL J. CARPENTER'S 



MAL HALLETT 



MELODY SEXTET 



Also doubling Club Deauville, N. Y. 

Personal Representative "TAPS," 
1607 Broadway, New York 



and his 

Versatile Entertaining Band 

NOW PLAYING 
ARCADIA BALLROOM 

FIFTH SEASON ON BROADWAY 



VINCENT LOPEZ 



1 SAM SMOLTN'S" 

and HIS RADIO ORCHESTRA 
Upturn K.ujntffrmcnt 

MOONLIGHT BALLROOM, 
CANTON, O. 
BltittKST HIT IN TOWN 



And His 

Casa Lopez Orchestra 

CASA LOPEZ 

WnI 54th St., N. V. 



AL SCHEMBECK 



NAT MARTIN I 



and His 
SOCIETY NOVELTY 

ORCHESTRA 

CLUB MIRADOR, NEW YORK 
Spanish and American 



JOE THOMAS 



And His 

SAX-O-TETTE 

with ARCHIE NICHOLSON 
Now on Tour with the DUNCAN 
6I8TERS in "TOPSY AND EVA" 



PAUL WHITEMAN 



Kit-Cat Club 
London 

Direction: WILLIAM MORRIS 



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"Versatility Plus" 

Appearing? indefinitely at 
PICCADILLY, PHILADELPHIA 



THE SEVEN ACES 



"All Ten of 'Em" 

Columbia Recording Artists 
30th Week at 

HOTEL PEABODY 
The fruit h 'a Flnewt 
MKMPIIIH, TKNN. 



CHARLEY STRAIGHT 



AND UlS 

Rendezvous Orchestra 

■endesvons Cnfe, Chicago, M- 
Alao Jack Johnston* and lit* fUmoTtr 
~>rcho*tra. <A Charley 8tral*ht Unit) 

tTalac Conn Instruments Exclusively 



One of the ultra radio offerings of 
the "commercial" broadcasters) are 
the Grand Prise Eureka*, whose 
hour embraces everything Including 
an exceptionally fine rocal quartet, 
which Is suspected of being The 
Revelers of Victor record fame. 
Their Instrumental contributions 
are fine, the program on the whole 
being Intelligently framed for va- 
riety and above par. 



RADIO "KILLS' 
2 STANDARDS 



Church Co. Will Restrict 
Them in Hope 



8trong for One Publisher 

Gerhart Baumgart, German bary- 
tone, imported for the Metropolitan 
opera according to Brnie Golden's 
announcement from WMCA, Is 
breaking his jump at the McAlpln 
hotel grillroom. Baumgarfs vocal 
contribution with "Mattenata" and 
"For You Alone" was Impressive. 
The Radio Franks (Bessinger and 
White) following close thereon 
clicked as usual. The boys are 'lay- 
ing on" one publisher's songs too 
much, possibly through an under- 
standing, but their rendition of 
everything is okay. 



Western Union Asked for 
$14,000 Through Delay 



National Attractions of New York. 
Inc., the orchestra booking ex- 
change, has filed a bill of particulars 
in its $14,000 damage suit against 
the Western Union Telegraph Co. 

hich is charged with negligence in 
delivering a wire two days late 
which cost National Attractions a 
contract with the Clearwater Beach 
Casino, Inc., Tampa. 

Ace Brlgode's Virginians at $2,000 
a week for 10 to 14 weeks was of- 
fered. Plus expenses, the contract 
would have been worth $20,000 to 
$28,000, half of which National At- 
tractions. Inc., alleges would have 
been their fee by understanding, or 
$14,000. This answers one question 
on the hill relative to the manner 
in which the agents estimate their 
damages. M. D. Sydney Peterson is 
treasurer of the plaintiff corpora- 
tion. 

Another suit by National Attrac- 
tions due to come up soon Is for $600 
against Vincent Lopez for services 
in booking Billy Hamilton and a 
concert band of 25 at $2,600 a week 
for fairs at Trenton, N. J., and Rich- 
mond, Va. Of the $5,000 total earn- 
ings, 10 percent Is claimed. 

Lopez's defense is that Jack Horn, 
now with Alf. T. Wilton and for- 
merly a vice-president of National 
Attractions, booked the Hamilton 
unit (Hamilton is of Lopez's band, 
and also financially Interested) and 
that Horn did not expeet any re- 
muneration in view of Horn being 
also in Lopez's employ. This refers 
to Horn's business managership of 
Lopez which was later abrogated 
when Horn started the National At- 
tractions Corp. 



The John Church Co.. owners of 
the copyrights on two of the biggest 
"standard" numbers. "The Road to 
Mandalay" and "Mighty i^k a 
Rose," will probably restrict these 
numbers from radio broadcasting. 
At the copyright hearings In Wash- 
ington the Intention to so limit the 
songs was declared. 

The sales of both numbers have 
dropped off to almost nothing be* 
cause of radio's Inroads. Originally 
It spurted the sales, but the pro- 
miscuous broadcasting of late has 
almost "killed" the songs, hence the 
plan to rehabilitate their chances 
through suspension from the radio* 

Dave Silverman With 8kouras 

SL Louis, May 4. 
Dave Silverman is slated for the 
post of musical director at Skouraa 
brothers' new Ambassador, when 
that house opens in the early fall. 
Until recentl} Silverman had been 
director at the West End Lyric for 
10 years. Stuart Barrle, now or- 
ganist at the Grand Central, will 
transfer to the Ambassador, too. 

Lew Colwelrs Return 

Lew Colwell is with Will Von 
THzer's Broadway Music Corp. He 
has been out of the music business 
for several months. 



L. Heller St Sons, manufacturers 
of pearls and other stones, have a 

unique manner of plugging their 
wares from WEAF. "Old Man Don- 
aldson" la a radio character who 
crosstalks with his inquisitive 
"niece" relative to the charms of 
stone*, rubies, pearls, eta. 



Paul Ash Promoted 

Chicago, May 4. 
"Paul Ash— Rajah of J ax a," Is 
featured prominently In the new Or- 
iental theatre sign. Ihe Rajah title 

has been copyrighted. 

HICKMA& UNDECIDED 

San Francisco, May 4. 

Art Hickman, who, since his re 
c«>nt return from Florida, has been 
visiting his mother here, left this 
week for Los Angeles to look over 
real estate properties Lhere. He ex- 
pects to remain several weeks. 

Hickman, who is representing 
Fio Ziegfeld out here, says he has 
not decided whether he will open 
In the New York "Follies" In June. 



MR. AL TUCKER 



and hi* 



SOCIETY ORCHESTRA 

Kcith-Orpheuna Circuit* 

Direction Bernard Barks 



Victor Herbert Memorial Program 

A special program as a memorial 
to Victor Herbert will be presented 
at the Hotel Kitz-Caxlton. New 
York, May 26 under the auspices of 
the American Society of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers. WEAF 
will broadcast. 



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Euclid Gardens Reopen 

Cleveland, May 4. 
What once was Euclid Gardens, 
first of the Fifth City's modern 
Euclid avenue dance palaces, is in 
operation again, after intermittent 
"shutdowns" and one or two other 
things. 

The spacious hall first opened 
some two years ago. For a long 
time thereafter it went along with 
almost no opposition. 

Last winter some troubles were 
encountered with the result it 
closed. A short rime later It re- 
opened, not as a dance hall but as 
a roller skating rink. This idea 
didn't get over at all and another 
closing followed. 

.Recently, it changed ownership, 
and opened this week under the 
new management Johnnie Gowen 
and his orchestra are making the 
place popular. 



B0NTEL RE-ELECTED 

Chicago, May 4. 
Robert D. Bonlel, director and an- 
nouncer of radio station WEDH, 
has been re-elected president of the 
Chicago Broadcasters' Association. 



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BEN BERNIE 

Director of Ills Hotel Rooeevelt Or- 
chestra, and prominent Brunswick 
recording artlnt, Is one of the maar 
"name" hand leaders who are staunch 
supports of RobblnH-KnBPl'a Publica- 
tions. Mr. ncrnlo r»»Kiilarly broad- 
casts from WEAK and features out 
Big Four: 

"WHO'S WHO ARE YOUf 
"JIG WALK" 
"CAMILLE" 
"FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE" 

Published by 

Robbins-Engel, Inc. 

199 Seventh Ave., Ne*v York CHy 



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Transferring Peabody 

San Francisco, May 4. 
Eddie Peabody closes at tho 
Granada (pictures) as orchestra 
leader May 7, and is to be trans- 
ferred to Los Angeles to replnoo 
Verne Buck In the Metropolitan 
(pictures), according to report. 



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49 



HIlJiK CLUB MAN HELD 
FOR UFTING 9 $20 CHECK 

Alfred Grill Cashed Check for 
$920— Merchant Pre- 
fers Charge 



Alfred Grill, 26. restaurant owner, 
«*n West 45th street, who said he 
J. Wt owner of the Mllllk Club. 
JJLT^ arraigned before Magistrate 
Jlood in West Side, Court on a 
«h*r*« *<>rgery and was held In 
11500 ball for the Grand Jury. 

According to the story told by 
John Mongon, manufacturer, at 55 
Barclay street, he visited the Mllllk 
Club with some friends. After there 
short time, he discovered his 
funds were low. He said he called 
Grill and asked him to make out a 
check for $20 which he would sign 
and which he later did and gave it 
to Grill in payment of the check. 

A short time later Mongon re 
ceived the check from tho bank and 
discovered the check had been 
cashed for $820. Mongon charged 
Grill had added a "9" in front of 
the •^O." He notified Detectives 
Walsh, Cordes and Daly. They 
found Grill and arrested him. Grill 
entered a denial when brought to 
court, waived e: animation and was 
held for the Grand Jury. 

W HAWKINS, PIANIST, 
MARRIES SOCIETY GIRL 



Greedy Cabaret Agents 

Complaints from time to 
time anent the exorbitant com- 
missions exacted by some cab- 
aret booking agents say they 
range from 15 to 20 per cent., 
dependent on the act's lack of 
gumption and the agent's pos- 
session of too much thereof. 
Three or four of the agents are 
the targets of complaint from 
reformers.. 

Cases have been known of a 
flat $10 and $15 booking fee 
on small acts getting but $50 
or $75 a week. The agVnt's 
alibi is that the effort ex- 
pended to place the small act 
demands as much energy as in 
selling a bigger attraction. 

But the fact remains an 
agent is liable to complaint to 
the Commissioner of Licenses. 



WIEDOEFT BAND'S TOUR 
IN MOTORS-PERCENTAGE 



SHOPPING NEWS ON COAST 

Florence Hart Allen, dramatic 
reader and comedienne, has been 
signed by radio broadcasting sta- 
tion KMTR to give a weekly talk 
designated as a Shopping News 
Hour. 



Girls From Show Placed 

Beverly Perry and Lillian Dyer, 
with White's "Scandals." which re- 
cently closed, have Joined Walter 
James Revue in vaudevtle. 

Helen Morgan, of same show. Is 
at Circo's night club. 



SAM SALYIN SAILED 

Sam Salvln sailed for Europe 
Saturday (May 1) to arrange for 
Florence Mills' forthcoming tour. 
The colored artist has been booked 
at the Ambassador, Paris, among 
other engagements. 



Milwaukee, May 4. 

Alice Mary McCutcheon, 19, 
daughter of a Milwaukee oil mag- 
nate, and Raymond "Red" Hawkins, 
pianist and leader of the Badger 
room orchestra, local cabaret, eloped 
a week ago to Waukegan whore 
they were secretly married. 

The elopement bared the jilting 
of a prominent Milwaukee county 
real estate man, to whom Miss Mc- 
Cutcheon had been engaged. The 
jilting took place several weeks ago 
when the romance with Hawkins 
began. Plans were under way for 
a pompous church wedding In the 
elite society colony when the couple 
were skarrled in the Illinois city. 

It Is understood that the girl's 
parents have given their blessings 
to the elopers. 



WHITE'S BAND ABROAD 

Allen White and his Collegians, 
until recently in vaudeville, will ap- 
pear In Europe this summer. 
White's tour is under the direction 
•f the William Morris office. 

White leaves for Europe on the 
Aquitanta tods* (Wednesday). Tho 
band will follow. 



HARLEM PLACE CLOSED 

Flo's Restaurant, colored restau 
r*nt on 7th avenue between 139th 
140th streets (Harlem), is another 
of the uptown eateries where danc- 
ing was considered a drawing card 
which has been forced to close be 
oause of the unprecedented popu- 
larity of the new Savoy. 




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8 Cars for 18 People— One- 
Nighters — Opens May 9 
at San Diego 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
Herb Wiedoeft and his band close 
their extended engagement at the 
Cinderella May 8, to inaugurate an 
annual tour of one-nighters extend- 
ing from San Diego to Vancouver, 
again under tho auspices of the 
Drunswiok-Collander Recording Co. 
and the Buescher Band Instrument 
Co. 

Dance halls will be played in 
practically every city visited, with 
the exception that legit and picture 
theatres are being booked for the 
Sunday night stands. 

The tour opens May 9 in San 
Diego. It will be made entirely by 
motor caravan, eight closed cars 
being necessary to transport the 11 
members of the orchestra, three ex- 
tra men and four girls, who will 
make up the company. Each en- 
gagement will be on a straight per- 
centage, with Wiedoeft dragging 
down 80 percent in most Instances. 
Dana Hayes Is handling the ad- 
vance. 

The route as laid out Includes 
after San Diego: San Bernardino, 
Bakerefleld, Porterville, Visalla, 
Fresno, Hanford, Modesto, Stock- 
ton and Sacramento. 

Fred Ellzalde and his band go 
into the Cinderella to succeed 
Wiedoeft. 



COLORED BANDS ABROAD 



Within the past few weeks there 
has been considerable shifting of 
band placements among the Amer- 
ican colored outfits that have been 
appearing abroad this year. 

Claude Hopkins, who went over 
with the Dudley Kevuc, and whose 
band became a fixed feature at the 
"Folies Bergere," has returned to 
New York. He expects his band to 
play an eastern engagement this 
summer, and he may return abroad 
later. 

Sam Wooding's band is not with 
"Chocolate Kiddies," as generally 
understood here in colored circles. 
Incidental;/, Wooding was fo-ced 
by the French government to leave 
Paris and play another French 
point where he had boon previously 
contracted for; Wooding, however, 
now having all kinds of work in 
Paris for his band. 

It appears that both the Wooding 
and Hopkins bands underwent quite 
a change In personnel, due to the 
labor conditions in France. Now 
and then colored members shifted 
to "ofay" organizations, and In this 
way were permitted to prolong their 
working permits. 

"Little George," drummer with 
Sam Wooding, is back In the 
States. 

It's reported that "Hutch" Hutch- 
inson, former piano player at the 
Nest, New York, now with a band 
in Europe, was being congratulated 
upon the birth of a daughter in 
Constantinople. 




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Current Programs in Cabarets and Cities as Below Listed 



NEW YORK 



Amboooador Grill 

D« Vega A D'Alva 
Larry Siry Bd 

Art Studio Club 

Glorious Rev 
The Gloria* 
Den Glaser Dd 

Avalon Clab 

Harry Delson 
Myrtle Gordon 
Frankle Meadows 
Morley A Leeder 
Flo Sherman 
Joe Carroll 
Tony Shayno 
Jack Harvey 
Inter-State I 

Backstage Club 

Johnny Marvin 
Will Hollander 
Teddy Kins 
Andy Hamilton 
r.arry Nadell 
Kddie Thomas 

Bert Lewi* Clab 

Bert Lewis 
Pcggyann Burt 
Mary Shaw 
Jane Carpenter 
Bert Froham 
"Jimmle" Lloyd 
Maxlne Henderson 
Frank Victor Bd 

Cafe do Paris 

Ben Selvln Bd 
Thco Illescu Oypslea 

Cnravon Clab 

Jane Orey 
Pees? O'Neill 
Kstello LeVelle 
Virginia Rhodes 
Phyllis Fair 
Betty May 
Arthur Oordoni 
Pete Dale 
Jerry Friedman Bd 

Caen Lope* 

V Lopoi Orch 
Fowler A Tamara 
Dolly Connolly 
Percy Wenrlch 
Johnny Dale 
3 Sunshine Boys 
Sharkey Roth * R 

Caatllllaa Royal 

Gladys Sloan* 

Beth Pitt 
Sleepy Hall Bd 
Blgelow A Lee 

Chalons ShoaJey 

Will Oakland 
Chateau Band 

Carols 

Cecil Cunningham 
Minnie Mae Moor* 
Noel Francis 
Doris Dickinson 
Lauretlc Adams 
Dorothea Stanley 
Marl* Salisbury 
Marguerite Hellwlg 
Crandall Sis 
Hilda Allison 
Ruth Cameron 
LeRoy Smith Bd 

Clab AJaboxu 

Johnny Hudgtno 
Fowler's Orcb 
Jean Starr 
Abble Mitchell 
Clarence Robinson 
Al Moore 
Roscoe Simmons 
Johnny Vlgal 
Ruth Walker 
Freddie Wash'gton 
Llliian Powel. 
Blida Webb 
Ethel Moses 
Vivian Harris 
Madeline Odium 
Oladys Bryaon 
Kento Harris 
Gwendolyn Graham 
Hyacinth Sears 

Club Anatol 

Grace Fisher 
Roslta A Ramon 
Muriel DeForrest 
Norma Gallo 
Helen Henderson 
Ruby Steevens 
Jerry Dryden 
Dorothy Shepperd 
Dorothy Charles 
Claire Davis 
May Clark 
H Reser Bd 

Clab Barmey- 
Hale Byers Bd 



Cotton Clab 

W Brooks Rev 

Eddie Rector 
Ralph Cooper 
Evelyn Shepard 
Millie Cook 
Hasel Coles 
Annie Bates 
Ijorrlen Harris 
Pauline McDonald 
Minnie McDonald 
Jonah Dlcklns'n Bd 

County Fair 

Eddie Worth Bd 
Entertainers 

Dover flab 

Jimmy Durante 
Eddie Jackson 
Lew Clayton 
Ryun SWcrs 
Mme. Flfl 
Elbe. Crn'r 
Mnriyjirrt Hcllwla 
Doris Dickinson 
Brad Mitchell 
R Jordan's Orch 

Rverglados 

R Lindsay Rev 
Al B White 
Olive MrClur* 
O'nrlen Sis 
Joo Condulo Bd 

Mth Rt. Clab 

Lcnl Stengel 

Pcnrl Eaton 
Geo Olsen Bd 



Parisians 

Yvonne George 
Loulou Hegoburu 
Maria Kleva 
Leo Bill * 
Mile. Nltta'jo 
Carlos Conte 
Nina Gordnnl 
Michel Pal ma toff 
B Selvln Bd 
Lucyenne Boyer 

Parody Clab 

Joe Frisco 
Gypsy Byrne 
Henrietta Cross 
Dorothy Ralney 
Athlone 

Marearet Davtes 

Al Shenk 
Cedilla Romeo 
Peterson A ChaHott 
8 S Leviathan Bd 

Pelham Heath Inn 

Lou Raderman Bd 

Plantation 

Florence Mills Rev 
Will Vodery Bd 

Rlrhman Clab 

Jeanette OHmor* 
Harry Rlchman 
Tvette Rugel 
B Coleman Orcb 

Bllver Slipper • 

Peterson A Ch'lotte 
Dan Healy 
Dolly Sterling 
Trene 8wor 
Carlo # Norma 
Cliff O'Rourke 



IVIolet Cunningham 



•Beauty G'tfcn* Chor O'C onn e r Sisters 



5th At*. Clab 

Robt Berne Orch 
Bobble Cliff 
Mlgnon Laird 
Mabel Olsen 
Albert Burke 
Johnny Clare 
Edith Babsoa 
Ednor Frilling 
Maryland Jarbo* 
Helen Sheperd 
Dorothy Deeder 
Richard Bennett 
Rrown A Sedano 
Constance Carp'ntet 

Florida 

Adler Wet! A H 
Florida Bd 

Frivolity 

Hal Hlxon 
Beth Challl* 
Eddie Lambert 
C A V D'Ath 
Violet McKe* 
Kitty White 
Jack Denny Band 

•B -Hot Ctub 

Arthur Swanstrom 
L A F Wallace 
Dorothy Dale 
Peggy Dolson 
Almee Rose 
Margie Lowry 
Jackie Heller 
Chauncey Grey Bd 

Hofbroa 

Billy Adams 
Marguerite Howard 
Banter Maccola 
Estell* Penning 
Paul Haakon 
Don Cafa 
Don Anteno A Mse 
Frank Cornwell 
Oua Ouderian 
Crusader's Bd 

Kotlnkn 

Russian Revue 
Balalaika Bd 

Kit Kat Korner 

Pally Fields 
Art Franklin 
HAM Berk 
Helen Lavonne 
VIHan Glenn 
Irv Bloom Bd 

Knight Club 

Lester Bernard 
Fsltxi Brown 

Mir odor 

Al Schembeck Bd 
Morn A Fontana 
Eton Boys 
J Johnson Bd 

McAlpin Hotel 

Radio Franks 
Ernie Ootden Bd 

Monte Carlo 

Jeanette Gllmore 



OUvette 
Dolores Farrls 

«. Tucker's Ployg'd 

Sophie Tucker 
Ed Etklns Bd 

The Owl 

Colored Show 
Owl Orch 

Tezaa Guiana'* 

T Oulnan Rev 
Rubye KceUr 
Mary Lucas 
Williams Sis 
Kitty Rellly 
Al Roth 
Diana Hunt 
Doolcy Sis 
Ritchie Craig. Jr 
Cliff O'Rourke 
Hope Minor 
Viola Cunn'ngham 
Billy Blake 

Twin Oak* 

Bnhby Connollv R 
Billy Burton Bd 
Vanity Clab 
Allen Walker Rev 

Till* Veaiee 
Emit Coleman Bd 

Waldorf-Astoria 

B A L Starbuok 
II Leonard Bd 

Barron Wllkoa't 

Colored Show 
Orcb 



De Costa A Tjoulsa 



H Hosford'* Orcb 



Frank Llbuse 
Vera Amazar 
J Chapman Orch 

Pershing Palace 

Gene Carter 
Boaale Moore 
Comb A Atkln 
Madeline McKensle 
Carl Lorraine Orch 
Southmoor 
Fin Lewis 
Alflede A Gladys 
B Pollack s Orch 



Parody Cal* 

Phil Murphy 
Stewart Allen 
Margie Ryan 
Bobble Marcellu* 

Nena De Sylvia 
Virginia Sheftell 
Tex Arlington 
Gladys Mints 
Clint Wright Orch 

Palmer Boa** 

Ernest Evans Co 
Gerald Levy Orcb 

Torraeo Cardans 

Sara Ann McCab* 

Honrl Therrien 
Anita Gay 



BALTIMORE 



Tent 

J Scherr Bd 

Tli* Summit 
Silver Slipper Bd 
Em booty Clab 
Davie Orch 

OeUury Roof 

Tambourine Toot si ea 
Tim Crane 
Tarrarla A CoU*t 



BROOKLYN, N. Y. 

Arthur Bennett 



Imperial 

Bob Murphy 
Charley Calvert 
Frankle Meadows 
Dancing Humphries 
Luclle Leslie 
Betty Carmen 
Jean Carpentler 
Bey Sisters 



Rockwell Terrace 

Chas Cornell Rev 
Buck A Thcrln 
Ethel Wolfe 
Artie Williamson 
Mae Russell 
Harry Laaau Bd 



CHICAGO 

Frolics 



Julia Oerlty 
Jo* Lewis 
Eddie Cos 
Loretta McDermott 
Mirth Mack 
Bubbles Shelby 
Maroee A Marq'tte 
11 Owls Orch 

Alamo 

Larry Vincent 
Rick A Snyder 
Aurlole Craven 
Irene Faerj 
Adele Walker 
Al Handler Oreh 

Friar* Inn 

Wells A Brady 
Alice Brady 
Plfl La Bell* 
Jack Marlow 
Towey Sisters 
Reed A Duthers 
Merrltt Bumle Or 

CoHogo Ism 

Ruth Bttfug 
Maurle Sherman Or 



Crlllen 

Tomson Twin* 
Revue 
Lido Oreh <B R'e'l) 

Town Clab 

Eddie Morsn 
B Dawn Martin 
Dorothy Lang 
flam Kahn's Orcb 
Helen Burke 
Anita Gray 

Cfaos Plono 

Martha Mortell 
Shirley Buford 
Carolyu La Rue* 
Tina Tweedle 
South Sea S'r'n'd'rs 
Dixie Fields 
■ Hoffman Orcb 



Bud Murray Rer 

Yanlty Pair 

Virgin* Cooper 
Helen Doyl* 
Mltil Richard* 



Taasle Martin 

Schaplro A'Kirkw'd 

Dorothy Kadmar 

Celestial 

C Kclley's Orcb 

Polka Dot Belv'd'r* 

T W Murphy Orch 

Silver SJIppor 
O Morris' Orcb 

Jungl* Cafo 
Loughery A Caul 



CLEVELAND, O. 



Club Madrid 
Adel* Gould 
Harry Bloom 



I Johnny Ryan 

I Emerson GUIs Oren 



CULVER CITY, CAL. 



Plantation 

Jack Klein 
Woodbury Sister* 
Isabel) Lowes 



May Schapell 
Laura Martin 
Roy Ingram Orcb 



DETROIT, MICH. 



Addlaoo 
Lee Mors* 
■ddle Cox 



I L SUIraon 

I Lellta Westman 

I Ray Miller Orcb 



LOS ANGELES 



Greenwich Villa g* 

Sam Rubin 
Jack Goldstein 
Bergatrom Orcb 

Oaf* iAfoyetU 

Jan* Green 
H Owen* Oreh 

Cotton Clab 

Frisco Nick 
S Mitchell 
Martha Richie 
Mildred Washlngt'n 
I Oeorgla Peaches 
Blkins Orcb 



BILL PARENT 

Booking 

High Claas Hopper Club* and Cafo* 
Wood* Theatre Bldg.. Chicago 



Elinor Kcarn |Ed Hutchinson Rev 

. . . . i * i ' T ' 1 l Wit * 1 _ ,._ 



Borrah Mlnnevltch 
•Bubbles" 
Drusilla 
Kendall Capp* 
Edith Shflton 

Clab DoaavOl* 

Melody Ma 

Earl Lindsay Rev 
Poor Acea 

Hub Udo 

Chick Under 
Billy Mann 
George Walsh 
Tommy Purcell 
Davis- Akat Orch 

C*aai*'* la* 

Colored Revue 
Connie'* Band 



Lionel (Mike) Ames 
Masked Countess 
Jeanette Gllmore 
Hhlrloy Dahl 
Beanie Klrwan 
Carl Byal 
81r Tahar's Arab'nn 
Buffalonlann Orch 

Montusartro 

Hulbert's Perlota 
Flora La Breton 
Trevls Huhn 
M Goodman Bd 

Moulin Rouge 

Rlrhy Craig Jr 
Wilson Sis 
Ethel Sweet 
J*aur<-tte Adams 
Paul Sperht Orch 



Kenwood Village 

Anl»n Gay 
Babe Sherman 

Marv Co'bnrn 
Al Reynolds 
De Quarto Orch 

Jeffery Tavern 

Fred Farnhnm 
|i<->|ores Allen 
B A J Gordon 
Nina Smiley 
Hoy Evan* 
Rather Whltlngion 
Roulette's Orch 

Uttle Hub 

E Brown Synro's 
Dora Maughn 
li«w Jenkins 

Parody Cafe 

DAG Mason 

Kid Murphy 
Slim Oreenleh 
Flossie Hturgis 
Pop Hunter 
Bobble Mnrsellu* 
Gladys Mlntc 
Clint Wright's Orch 

Rendeavou* 

Jay Mills 
Eddie Clifford 
Williams GIs 
Margaret White 
Bernard A Henri 
Le Mae A JoHine 
C Atraigut's Oren 
Flo Lewis 
Olive O'Nell 
Wayne Al'< n 
Mary Muth«rt 
Eva Be'mont 
Harry Maifleld 
Alma Hookey 
Gene Woodward 



The Jennings 
H Osborne Orcb 

Club Avaloo 

Bert Gilbert 
Leonette Ball 
Glayds Kremer 
• Avnlon Peaches 

Sol Wagnrrs Orrh 

Moulin Rouge 

Ed Lovry 

T>1ttle Caruso Quart 

McCunn S'ster* 

ILizel Or<-en 

Rubin Arr-u 

Jimmy Ray 

Murray A Wagner 

Sylvia De Vera 

'<n be Kan* 

.Tim Wade's Orcb 

Deouvin* 

OTonner Sis 
Shirley Buford 
Martha Martell 
H»-leri Doyle 
David Qulinno 
Mnrqun A Marq'tte 
Chas Kerr Orch 

Montwiartr* 

F'dna I^indsey 
Ht-rnlce Petker 
Hose Wynn 
Alfredo A Gladys 
Cladyn Blair 
Al Downs 
Bronae M«lba 
Bob O* Link's Orrh 

Hollywood Barn 

Florence Schubert 
Myrtle I.an.ilng 
Marion Ksne 
Reed Slaters 
Johnny Ryan 



Club Alaboa* 

Carolynn* Snowden 
Sunburn Jim 
Ivy Anderson 
Marahall A Pert I* 
Lawrence Ford 
Sidney Reeve 
Susie Hoy 
P Howard Orcb 

sou Jacob* Lodftf 

Mel Callsh 
George Lloyd 
Carson A Carson 
I re no McKlnney 
Clair* Leslie 
Dave Shell Oreh 



MIAMI 



1 Janet It on* 
Marl* Vilanl 
Patrice Grldlor 

MILWAUKEE 

Bfoato Cooto 



Badger Byncop't'r* 

Joaa Hammond 
Tun* Tinker* 



Billy William* 
Phil K**tla 
Lucille William* 



MONTREAL, CAN. 

Venetian Garden* (Mensles Collegians 

NEW ORLEANS 



litU* Club 

Wanda Goll 
Guy McCormleh 
Hatel Verge* 

Al Piper 

Scranton'e Slrsns 

Ringside 

Geo McQulna 
Billy Pierce 
Bobble McQulan 
Harold Fletcher . 



Willi* Jackson 
Seranaders 

fletory Ion 

Buddy McDermott 
Yvette Qulnn 
Flokest 

Willie Jackson 
Southern Kyncop'r* 

Lib* 
So Serenader* 



SALT LAKE 



Louvr* 

Pat Caaev 
Bobble Green 



Orchestra 

Shay's 

I Dick Forscutt Bd 



SEATTLE 



Batler 
Earl Gray Orch 
Madjre Rush 

Club Udo 
Grace Hamilton 



charlotte Ramond* 
Naomi De Musie 
Jack Med ford 
Jack Htern 
\] of W Serenader* 



WASHINGTON 



Better *Olo 

Bernateln Orch 
Dorothy Day* 
Joe Bombast 



Clab Chant ecler 



Mayflower Garden 

8 Tupman Orch 



Spanish VUlaae 

O'Donnell Orch 
Alice Tupman 
Meyer Davis Orch- FrHn i < |^ j U r| 
Paul Fldeiman 

Chateau 1* ParadU Swaaeo 

Meyer Davis Oreh Meyer Davis Orcb 



Max !<<>vi* Ent 

1m Java 

La Java Orrh 

L* Farad I* 

M«yrr Davis Oreh 
Nliv in Nursery 



Hi* lie of MumIc 
.|iivep||«« R*V 
Vaude Nitq 

Wardoao* Park 

Moe Baer Oreh 
Doily Day* Otrl* 



50 



VARIETY 



OUTDOORS 



HAGENBECK- WALLACE CIRCUS 



Cincinnati. May 1. 

Lovers of a trained wild animal 
clrcua will consider themselves for- 
tunate if they view the exhibition 
offered this season by the Hagen- 
beck- Wallace show. 

The outstanding feature is Clyde 
Bcatty. In his early 20's. of manly 
build and face, Uoatty displays 
equal amounts of fearlessness and 
polish. He is a Bogar. Dudack. 
fcwyer, lielliott. Ta>lor and other 
trainers who preceded him in gain- 
ing fame under the Ilagenbeck title 
ro.led into one. A lulxi-d group is 
his dish, and the bigKer the better 
he likes it. He has his charges 
apparently In a hostile mood before 
he enters the arena. The frenzied 
pitch is heightened until he climaxes 
■with a picture of a dettsrmiueU 
youth's glorious conquest. 

The balance of the performance Is 
in keeping with the standard set by 
this show In recent years. Half of 
the opening per^xl was put in here 
this week. All of the equipment 
and paraphernalia has the air of 
newness, and the scock also appears 
In perfect co:uh:»>jn. A shortage of 
working hrlp w»j indicated by the 
lateness oi arr.val Lr: Cincinnati and 
the slowv.ess in s:tt:rtg up and tear- 
ing down. 

The schtviu'.^d matinee for 
Wednesday os :he Cuisrainst il'e lot 
was *-m:cu\i. as the case the 

day fc«-'-C'.'C«e R»chniond. Ind. Thurs- 
day :r-?re -a .ii j. :>.reo-mile move to 
the !o: xZ Itih and Central ave»ues. 
and the a^r:r-.\>a show was almost 
tw.> r v-rs iMe. 

Atter.slAr.ee at the Ave perform- 
ances was good, turnaways being 
registered Thursday and lust nights. 
An S. O. S. to winter quarters 
brought Rill Curtlss to Cincinnati 
to resume his old duties as super- 
intendent. 

No Parade 

No parades are offered. The show 
has cut down from 30 to 24 cars. 
The band, under direction of Ed- 
ward Woeckcner, has been reduced 
to 16 pieces. 

Dan Odom is general manager; 
W. E. Wells, equestrian director; 
Bert Cole, announcer and banner 
man: W. R. Kellogg and Elmer 
Lingo, business department; Joe 
Coyle, producing clown; P. J. 
Staunton, side show manager. There 
are ten elephants, with Cheerful 
Gardner in charge. 

Program's Order 

The big show program, which 
moves speedily, is in the following 
order : 

Grand entry. 

Football horses in rings one and 
three and clowns working on track. 

Liberty ponies in end rings and 
■even polar bears, by Capt. Ber- 
nard!, In arena. 

Grin and Orrie Davenport, eques- 



hlgh. 

Three elephants in each end ring 
and four elephants in center ring, 
worked by three girls. 

Davenport family, riding act, in 
center ring. 

Thirteen dancing horses, ridden 
by girls. 

Flying Ward- Kimball Troupe, 
eight men and women, on return 
trapeze. 

Kng'ish fox hunt. 

Jumping horses, Introducing 

Clyde Beatty. working 14 lions 
and three tigers. 

Clown band, direvied by Arthur 
lioi clla. 

Marcel Repert. balancing on a 
bicycle on a small platform, 20 feet 
and as many black liberty horses in 
opposite ring worked by Ilertha 
KT'^ska. 

Robert McPherson. In nrena, with 
14 tigers. Clowns on hippodrome 
track. 

Eugene Brothers, comedy bar acts, 
above end rings. Four men in each 
i a^t. 

Twelve girls on swinging ladders. 

Twelve sorrel liberty horses In 
ring one. worked by Ernest Kloska, 
trian acts, in end rings and clown 
numbers. 

Clyde Beatty, in arena, working 
three leopards, two pumas, two 
lions, four bears and three hyenas. 
Constance Webber, programed as 
"America's champion lady rider." 
Liberty horse race, jockey race and 
Roman standing race. 

The animal acts of Bernnrdi and 
McPherson drew close attention and 
much applause when reviewed. 

As fast, daring and funny as ever 
is the work of the Davenports on 
the resin backs. Heavy applause on 
each presentation. 

The Kloskas work the liberty 
horses in amazing fashion and were 
warmly received. 

Refreshing Clowns 

Refreshing. Indeed, is the work of 
the clowns, with not a few new and 
nifty walkarounds. In this con- 
tingent, besides Coyle and Borella, 
are Earl Shipley, Three Hardigg 
Brothers, Mickle McDonnell, Joe 
Short, Fred DeMarr and wife, Alva 
Evans. Jack Bennett, Jack Harris, 
Curlev Phillips, Charlie Weber, 
Charlie Clein and M. Catlett. 

Wild Bill Penny has charge of the 
Wild West concert, members of 
which are Charlie and Georgie 
Sweet, William and Estella Kaff- 
ner. Bessie Hirser, Edith Cooper, 
George and Mrs. Bennett, Ray 
Wells, Lefty Christian, Hank Lin- 
ton and 13 Sioux Indians, headed by 
Chief Big Bear. 

The veteran Doc Waddell is en- 
trusted with the cares of press 
agent back with the show. His ef- 
forts here evidence that space grab- 
bers of a younger day will have to 
step fast to keep up with him. 



[ track, with men and women as 

mounts. Flashy and peppy dancing 
numbers. 

Iron jaw acts In end rings pre- 
sented under direction of Theresa 
Baron. Mme. Lorette and Pearl 
Weber in center rings. 
Picturesque fox hunt and races. 
A generous sprinkling of comedy 
by the clown alley contingent ap- 
pears throughout Slivers Johnson 
and Abe Goldstein head the Joeys, 
others of whom are George Harmon, 
Joe and German Simmons, Danny 
Sullivan. Joe Wyle. Walter Welling- 
ton, George Voyce, Vic Moran, 
Charles Fenton, Jack O'Brien and 
John Gilbert. 

The Wild West division^ which 
this season includes 13 Sioux In- 
dians, is under the leadership of 
Carliss Carrian. An added feature 
Is Recce, the strong man, who per- 
mits an automobile to be driven 
over him. 



CARNIVALS 



JOHN ROBINSON CIRCUS 



Cincinnati, May 1. 
For the 103rd season of the use 
of the John Robinson Circus title, 
the American Circus Corporation 
presents a 24 -car organization with 
each department vested in seasoned 
hands. 

The show hit the trail April 24, 
and April 29 played Covington, Ky., 
opposite Cincinnati. It moved to 
the small telephone company lot In 
Norwood, April 30. Matinee at- 
tendance at Covington was almost 
full, and at night an extra per- 
formance to half a house was neces- 
sary to accommodate the overflow. 
The presence of the Hagenbeck- 
Wallace Circus, also an American 
Circus Corporation unit, in Cin- 
cinnati, hurt business for the Nor- 
wood date, the afternoon perform- 
ance drawing light while the seats 
were comfortably filled. 

The big show program Is much 
the same as last year, with the 
gorgeous and tuneful "Peter Pan 
In Animal Land" spectacle rating 
as the outstanding feature. The 
Ben Hassan Troupe is a worthy ad- 



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dition to the performance. 

The roster includes Sam Dill, 
manager; R, E. Thornton, eques- 
trian director; William R. Hayes, 
business manager, assisted by A. 
B. Bennett; Egypt Thompson, su- 
perintendent; Eddie Darling, chief 
of ticket staff, and Duke Mills in 
charge of the side show. Bob 
Hlckey has the advance press, and 
B. James is publicity man back with 
the show. Wade Zumwaii con- 
tinues as musical director. 

Following the spec, staged in the 
arena and around the hippodrome 
track, appear the Aerial K el leys on 
double trapeze, and Cella on single 
trapeze over the end rings. Charles 
B. DeMent, who has the King role 
in the spectacle, assists as chief 
announcer. 

Running Order 

The balance of the program is In 
the order given herewith: 

Hippopotamus walkaround. 

Theodore Schrocder in a snappy 
polar bear act in the arena, and 
pony drills In end rings by Robert 
and Ova Thornton. 

Football horses In end rings. 

Hanson Troups, in comedy acro- 
batics, in rings. 

Iona Carle in arena with wrestling 
tiger. 

Riding dogs and monks on ponies 
in rings, presented by Bob Thornton 
and Dewey Butler. 

Girls on swinging ladders about 
track. 

Nellie Roth, working eight tigers 
In arena, and Bob Thornton and 
Dewey Butler presenting jumping 
horse and camel acts In rings. 

Margaret Thompson, with tiger 
riding elephant In arena, and ponies 
and dogs (bridge number) in rings 
by Mr. and Mrs. Thornton. 

Liberty horses, 12 in each end 
ring, by Rudy RudynofT and Bob 
Thornton. 

High-diving dogs and monks. 

Iona Carle, working eight lions 
In arena. 

Quartet of elephants in each of 
the three rings, by Bert Noyes, bull 
trainer, presented by Mme. Lor- 
rette, Iona Carle and Pearl Weber. 

Comedy riding acts in end rings 
by Rudlnoff and Reno Macree 
troupes. 

Wire acts: Phil Eddy In center 
and Tetu Hnrrlmnn and Pledad 
Morales fh end rings. 

Mennge act around hippodrome 



101 RANCH SHOW 

Kansas City. April 28. 
"Moscow" is the alluring title for 
the grand pageant opening Miller 
Bros.' 101 Ranch Real Wild West 
and Great Far East, which launched 
its 1926 season here April 26 on a 
three-day stay. The display was 
produced by Captain Newton Har- 
din, and introduces the show's big- 
gest feature, .the Cossack troupe, 
brought from Europe by Colonel 
Miller, which includes the Imperial 
Russian Band, Leopold Rathansky. 
director. The Russians are headed 
by General Savitsky and Prince 
Adronikoff, of the Russian army, 
and they are the real thing. 

It was exactly 8:16 when "Tex" 
Cooper, official announcer, blew his 
whistle and four trumpeters from 
the Russian band signalized the 
opening. The "Moscow" spectacle 
consisted of parading in front of the 
grand stands by the two show 
bands, the Introduction of the "Rus- 
sian band, followed by the Cos- 
sacks, Arabs, dancing girls, ele- 
phants and camels, with riders in 
costumes. A special announcement 
called attention to the combined 
bands. A Russian ballet ©y four 
women and two men was given to 
music by the Russian band, which 
played fo. all of the Russian num- 
bers on the bill. Next came an 
exhibition of fancy drilling and wall 
scaling by Swift's Zouaves, with a 
flag-waving finish which started 
applause. The next event was a 
thrilling exhibition of horsemanship 
by the Cossacks. A little too long. 

Ben Hamid's Whirlwind Arabs 
came next with the usual tumbling 
and acrobatics. There are nine men 
in this act and all hard workers. 
Event 6 was Miller's elephants — 
five — clean, fast workers, put 
through their routine by Selma 
Zimmerman, who works over, under 
and on top of the bulls, fearless 
and snappy. This event was well 
liked, owing to the willingness of 
the animals to work and the speed 
they put into it. 

Next came the wild west section, 
with the introduction of the Indian 
chiefs and Colonel Zack Miller. 
Probably the most impressive per- 
sonage in the great group was Gen- 
eral Savitsky, a commissioned 
officer in the old Russian army. 
Booted and bearded, his brilliant 
uniform covered with service stripes 
and decorations, the general sat 
his white charger like a statue — a 
picture of the past. Indians, Mexi- 
cans, cowboys, girl riders and the 
horsemen from the .Far East com- 
pleted the ensemble. Roping and 
riding wild steers proved interest- 
ing. 

An Indian buffalo hunt followed 
by a series of Indian dances, with 
an exhibition of fancy riding in 
special ring by the Albert Hodgini 
Co. As Hodgini worked the Indians 
were grouped in the center. Trick 
and fancy riding by the cowboys 
and girls drew applause. 

Pistol and rifle shooting by the 
crack shots of the 101 Ranch was 
next, and then the High School 
horses. The 15 riders aro headed 
by Mrs. Art Eldridge. 

The fancy rope spinning brought 
out more experts headed by Hank 
Durncll. He makes a rope perform 
all kinds of tricks, but the work of 
the Texas kids^Madle Blatherwick 
and her brother Raymond, who 
worked in front of the grand stands, 
was amazing for youngsters. The 
old familiar attack and hold-up of 
a stage coach, with the rescue of 
the passengers by a band of cow- 
boys, Is retained by the show. Bull- 
dogging steers and riding bucking 
broncos was somewhat draggy 

r "fw? ne ? r Da >' 8 " was the finale, 
in this the covered wagon, with its 
teams of oxen, proved a sight that 
many, even in this western town, 
had never seen, and is * real 
novelty. 

On the opening performance the 
show ran over two hours, but the 
running time was reduced the next 
day to an hour and fifty-five min- 
utes, which will be cut still more 
as soon as possible. The Milter 
Bros, have a big show, a clean show 
and one that all red-blooded people 
will like and appreciate. Every- 
thing around the lot Is spick and 
span the attendants courteous and 
the stock in the best, of condition. 

£* .* " ™°? ler * a band director. 
\V alter E. Mason directs the aide 
show musicians. J. H. Oyler has 
the khl shov, Fred Wilson the pit 
•how, aril Red ScbUlU the plat- 



(For current week (May 3) when 
not otherwise indioated) 

Alabama Amus. Co., Oneida, Tex.; 
Danville, Ky., 10. 

Anderson -Srader, Red Cloud, Neb.; 
Grand Island. 10. 

Anthracite Amus. Co., W likes - 
Barre, Pa. 

Barlow's Big City Shows: Strea- 
tor. 111. 

Beasley- Boucher, Long view, Tex. 
Bernard! Expo., Las Cruces, N. M. 
S. W. Brundage, Kirksville, Mo. 
Buck's Empire Shows, Union City, 
N. J. 

Campbell Shows, Grand Rapids, 

Mich. 

CapitoP Amus. Co., Dassel, Minn. 
Checker Expo., Johnstown, Pa. 
Coleman Bros., Mlddletown, Conn. 
Conklln-Garrett, Victoria, Can- 
ada. 

Cooper Bros., Chaska, la., 6; 
Norwood. 6; Hector, 7; Renville, 
la., 8. 

Corey Greater, Johnstown, Pa. 

J. L. Cronin, Georgetown, Ky. 

Dehnert Expo., Covington, Ky.; 
Newport,. 17. 

De Kreko Bros., Pekin, 111. 

Delmar Shows, Haslam, Tex. 

Dyk man -Joyce, Camden, N. J. 

Eastern States Expo., Danbury. 
Conn. 

Enterprise Shows, Terra Haute, 
Ind. (3 weeks). 

Noble C Fairly, Columbus, O. 

Harry P. Fisher, Grand Rapids, 
Mich. 

Robert Gloth. Hinton, W. Va. 
Gold Medal Shows, Bartlesville, 
Okla. 

Great Sutton, Carbondale, 111. 
Hansher Bros., Milwaukee. 
Heller's Acme Shows, Paterson, 
N. J. 

Hill Greater, Alexandria, Va.. 6. 

A. W. Howell, Elkhart. Ind.; 
Goshen, 10. 

Isler Greater Shows, Manhattan, 
Kans. 

Johnny J. Jones, Washington, 
D. V.; Pittsburgh, week 10th-17th. 

Joyland Expo., Marietta, Okla. 

K. F. Ketchum, Carteret, N. J. 

Abner K. Kline. Chico, Cal.; Med- 
ford, Ore., 10; Roseberg, 17. 

Latllp's Capitol Shows, South 
Charleston, W. Va. 

M. J. Lapp, Concord, N. H. 

Leavltt-Brown-Huggins, Belling- 
ham. Wash. 

C. R. Leggett, Miami, Okla. 

Lippa Amus. Co.. Fenton, Mich. 

George J. Loos, Amarlllo, Tex. 

Harry Lottridge, Hamilton, Ont. 
(Canada). 

Mantley's Tuxedo Shows, Harri- 
son, O. 

Maple Leaf Shows, Windsor, Ont. 
(Canada). 

Mason Amus. Co., Bellaire, O. 

Max's Expo Shows, Dowaglac, 
Mich. 

May-Dempsey Shows, Aurora, 

P. S. McLaughlin, Binghamton, 
N. Y. (2 weeks). 

J. F. McLellan Shows, Kansas 
City, Mo. (until May 17). 

McMahon Shows, Marysville, 
Kans. 

Michaels Bros. Expo., Louisville, 
15. 

Miller Bros., Baltimore (until May 
17). 

Milllcan's United Shows, Pell City, 
Ala. 

Outdoor Amus. Co., Coalport, Pa. 
C. E. Pearson, Panama, 111. 
Poole -Schneck, Antlers, Okla. 
Prairie State Amus. Co., Onargo, 
111. 

Nat Relss, Portsmouth, O. 
Rice Bros., Benham, Ky.; Lynch, 
Ky., 10. 

Shore's Greater Shows, Somer- 
ville, Mass. 

Otis L. Smith, West Wyoming, Pa. 

Sam Spencer. New Kensington, 
Pa. 

Southern Tier, Elmira, N. T. 
T.'J. Tidwell, Pampa, Tex. 
H. B. Webb Shows, ML Vernon, 
Ind. 

Ben Williams, Pelham, N. T. 
S. B. Williams Shows, Crescent, 
Okla. 

E. G. Wilson, Wyandotte. Mich. 
Wise Shows, Hickory, N. C. 
Wolf Amus. Co., Oelwein, la., 8. 
World at Home, Pottsvllle, Pa. 
World's Playground, Pampa, Tex. 
Zara's Manhattan Midway, Lin- 
den. N. J. 

Zeidnian-Pollie, Ashland. Ky. 
C. F. Zelger, Mankato, Minn. 



Wednesday, May 5, 1926 



CIRCUSES 

Ringling — B-B 

Philadelphia, May 3-8; Washing- 
ton, D. C, May 10-11; Baltimore, 
May 12-13; Wilmington, May 14; 
Lancaster, May 15; Newark, N. J., 
May 17-18; Allentown, Pa., May 19; 
Reading, May 20; Williamsport, 
May 21; Clearfield, May 22; Pitta- 
burgh, May 24-25; Canton, O., May 
26; Columbus, O., May 27; Dayton, 
May 28; Cincinnati, May 29. 

John Robinson 

May 5 Fairmont, W. Va.; 6, Mor- 
gantown, W. Va.; 7, Vnlontown, 
Pa.; 8, Charlerol, Pa.; 10, Canton, 
O.; 11, Mansfield; 12, Akron; 13, 
YoungHtown, O.; 14, New Castle, 
Pn.; 15, Ambridge, Pa.; 17, Urichs- 
vllle, O. 



form show* The concessions are 
under the. man^gemfJit of Mel 
ThirtLs. The show plays Pt. Louis 
May 5 to &. Hughe*, 



TIGER TOO VICIOUS 

ONETRICK OUT 

Chicago. May 4. 

When Sells-Floto took to the road 
after its 16-day engagement at the 
Coliseum, John Helliott was i n 
charge of the lions, although not 
opening with the show as in former 
years. Chris Schroeder. who put 
the beasts through their paces l a 
Helllott's absence, returns to hui 
troupe of trained polar boars. UoU 
liott is regarded as one of the best 
lion trainers living, having marvel- 
ous control. 

Before the show had departed 
Aage Chrlstensen, Danish trainer la 
charge of the Siberian tigers, was 
compelled to discontinue one trick 
where a tiger made s a >pcrch-to- 
perch leap, using the trainer's bark 
as a stepping stone. The cat made 
numerous attempts to "get" Chris- 
tonsen, with the circus finally or- 
dering the trick out as too danger- 
ous. 



(Variety's reviewer in covering 
the opening of Sells-Floto com- 
mented on the vlclousness of this 
particular tiger.) 



LOST $10,000 ON CALIF. 
MAID EXPOSITION 



Los Angeles, May 4. 
T. R. Gardner and George Ma- 
earthy, promoters of the California 
Maid Exposition, are said to have 
dropped $10,000 on the affair, when 
a number of exhibitors welt-hod on 
their share of the bargain. The big 
feature of the exhibition, held for 
a week in Shrine Auditorium, was 
the awarding of $15,000 in prizes 
given by the booth renters to the 
girl winning the most votes in a 
popularity contest. When Teddy 
Winslow garnered over 23,000 votes, 
a number of the California manu- 
facturers, who were to kick in with 
cabin sites, real estate, manufac- 
turers' products and other prizes, 
refused to come through with the 
awards 

Left holding the sack, Gardner 
and Macarthy are reported to have 
promised to settle with Miss Wins- 
low by giving her a $7,600 check, 
Because some of the exhibitors had 
not paid their stall rents and be- 
cause gates were composed of more 
complimentary passes, issued by 
merchants and manufacturers, than 
cash tickets, the promoters dropped 
another $2,500 on their attempt to 
run a high-class exposition by car- 
nival methods. 



OUTDOOR 0PP0SISH 



Cincinnati. May 4. 

"Wait! For the world's first and 
only 6-rlng circus. Ringling Bros, 
and Barnum & Bailey Combined. 
It costs no more to see the world's 
ten times biggest and best." So 
read the 65-llne advertisements 
which the management of the "big 
one" used in local dallies last week 
during the appearances here of the 
Hagenbeck-Wallace and John Rob- 
inson circuses. R.-B. plays Cin- 
cinnati May 29. 101 Ranch Wild 
West is here May 17 and 18. 

This week the Rubin & Cherry 
Shows, carnival, is playing the 
Cumminsville lot and the Greater 
Sheesley Shows are several miles 
away, at Hartwell. May 10-22 the 
Sheesley carnival exhibits on the 
old hospital lot in Cincinnati* 
downtown section. 



Mammoths From Burma; 
12,000 Elephants Left 

Chicago, May 4. 

Nine elephants are on tho PaclflO 
ocean consigned to the American 
Circus Corporation which will dis- 
tribute them between Sells-Flote, 
Hagenbeck-Wallace and the John 
Robinson circuses. 

The elephants come from the 
State of Burma where it is saW 
there are 12,000 trained elephant* 
used for heavy labor. The Britis* 
government which wishes to dis- 
courage exportation of the big ani- 
mals places an export tax of 331-» 
per cent on them. 



N0UVEAU CIRaiJE CLOSED 

Paris, April 22. 
The Nouveau Cirque, Rue St 
Honore, which has been the mow 
fashionable equestrian resort for t 
past 40 years In the French cap- 
ital, was closed last week for ^ 
summer season and will not reop 
A largo garaee will probably 
built on the site. 



51 



PEEP SHOWS ON 
PEETET FAMILY 



Pictures of Suicides of 
Tia Juana Atrocity 



Lob Angeles, May 4. 
" The Broadway Palace, formerly 
Orpheum. which opened with 
W.V.M A. vaudeville, has a direct 
competitor in a store show, which 
opened the following day next door. 

The exhibit contains about 15 
little bo«es with peep holes connect- 
ed by a chain to the wall. They 
show pictures of the Peetet family 
who committed suicide in San Diego 
■everal months ago, after atrocities 
committed in Tia Juana. The ex- 
hibit Is so masked that the voice of 
the spieler can be heard but he can- 
not be seen until the serpentine pas- 
Mge has been traversed and a big 
oil painting, the announcer and the 
money box come into view. The 
painting shows 10 different types of 
tinners and the announcer dwells 
upon them in a moral lecture. The 
pictures in the bores are no differ- 
ent than the ones printed in the 
papers at the time of the deaths. 

M. C. Hutton, owner of the ex- 
hibit, moved the show over from 
Main street whdn ho heard the As- 
sociation was to go into the Broad- 
t way Palace. With his rent at $40 a 
day and the cost of "shills" he has 
to drag a lot of trade away from the 
Broadway Palace to meet expenses. 

CEDAR RAPIDS RODEO 

Cedar Rapids, la., May 4. 

A rodeo and roundup are all set 
for Frontier Park August 3-7. 
Charlie Irwin, considered the only 
SOO-pound rodeo promoter In cap- 
tivity, was here last week and fixed 
things with the committee repre- 
senting the Cedar Rapids Amuse- 
ment Association. 

Irwin promoted last year's rodeo 
and got a lot of publicity through 
his work astride a horse. 



PARE OPENINGS 

Cleveland, May 4. 

Euclid Beuch Park got away to a 
flying otart last week. 

Luna Park opened this week. 
Others also starting were Geauga 
Lake Park, Geneva-on-the-Lake, 
Chippewa Lake Park, Cleveland 
Beach, Chesterland Cave and Ver- 
milion. 

Albany, May 4. 
Mid-City, Park, just outside city 
limits, opened May 2. The dance 
hall started Sunday night. The 
newest addition Is a silver sand 
beach. 



Salt Lake, May 4. 

Jack Davis and Paul Whiteman 
orchestral uni'.s will be featured at 
Saltalr park opening May 29. 

A big celebration will be held 
May 26 as a preliminary to the 
official opening and a special pro- 
gram will be offered. 



Marengo, la., May 4. 
Bells Island, beach, Marengo 
amusement park, opens its season 
May 27. 



Bridgeport. May 4. 
Pleasure Beach started Its new 
season here May 1. One of the 
new features is the new Macdi 
Gras. 



Kansas City, May 4. 
Fairyland Park starts its fourth 
season May IS, with Roy Mack pro- 
ducing "Palm Bench Follies" in the 
amphitheatre. D. Arthur Haley's 
orchestra will bo the dance pavilion 
feature. 



Akron, O., May 4. 
Geauga Lake Park, three miles 
•«*t of Solon, opened May 1. W. J. 
Kuhhiian, manager, has engaged 
I*- R. Circillio to direct the park 
orchestra. 



Sandusky, O., May 4. 
Cedar Point opens June 13 and 
*'U run to Labor Day. 



SANS MEDICINE SHOW 

Canton, O., May 4. 

T he ban is on in Canton against 
^calcine shows. During tlio past 
fortnight Mayor S. M. Schwartz has 
refused two permits. 

T he Mayor in a public statement 
Rf »'d as long as he was Mayor he 
y<uhl not prant a single medicine 
»li ow permit. 



"Clipper" Files, Route 
and Programs Wanted 



Major C. (!. Sturtevant, of 
the State College, New Mexico, 
is compiling a history of the 
circus in America. 

For assistance, the Major, 
who l» an enthusiast on tent 
shows, requests that anyone 
having circus data in the way 
of old llthos, programs, route 
books or flies of the "New 
York Clipper" to forward them 
to him. Major St urtevant guar- 
antees the return of any ma- 
terial, If a return is desired. 

For complete yearly flies of 
"The Clipper" the Major will 
pay $5 for the year's papers 
(62). To prevent duplication, 
anyone intending to send a 
"Clipper" nle to the Major 
should first communicate with 
him at State College, New 
Mexico. 

Major Sturtevant is retired 
from the U. S. Army and at 
present is a professor of Mili- 
tary Science and Tactics at 
the College of Agriculture and 
Mechanics Arts at State Col- 
lege. 

In writing Variety, Major 
Sturtevant took occasion to 
mention that he considered the 
brief uti circuses drawn by 
3ohn M. Kelly, attorney for the 
Rlnglings, as the finest expo- 
sition of its nature he had ever 
read. The Kelly brief will be 
largely drawn upon for tho 
Major's con tern plated circus 
history. 



IOWA CITY WON'T 
LICENSE ROBBINS CIRCUS 



HARRY ROE, SUICIDE, 
60, AND OLD SHOWMAN 



Body Found Hanging in Hotel 
Room— Circus and Car- 
nival Man 



Iowa City, Ta., May 4. 

Having been refused a license by 
Mayor J. J. Carroll, J. U. Hervey, 
advance contracting agent for Rob- 
bins Brothers* circus, may take his 
case to citizens of Iowa City to 
sound out the sentiment. Ho will 
also' confer with Fred Buchanan, 
wealthy Iowan and owner of the 
circus, before it is decided If the 
circus will come here despite the 
mayor's attitude. 

The circus, which the advance 
man terms an Iowa institution, 
having its winter quarters at Yank- 
town, 17 miles north of Des Moines, 
opened at Perry. Governor John 
Hammlll attended and christened a 
baby hippopotamus "Miss Iowa." 



101 Parade Prank 

Brings $3,000 Suit 

Kansas City. May 4. 
The first parade of the season 
brought the Miller Brothers' 101 
Ranch show a lawsuit and attach- 
ment. The suit was brought by A. 
P. Smith, who seeks $3,000 damages, 
claiming he was drr.gged from a 
fence while watching the parade 
here by a playful cowboy, who 
roped him. He says he was pulled 
from tho fence and dragged about 
three feet and received severe and 
permanent Injuries to his neck and 
spine. 

The papers in the suit were served 
on the. owners of the show last 
week, and they deposited a ea#h 
bond for appearance for trial. 



The remains of Harry Roe, known 
as a carnival promoter, publicity 
agent, county fair exploiter and 
also a circus in*oas agent, are in the- 
Ncw York morgue. 

Roe, about 60, was found dead in 
liis room In the Hotel Emmet, 3Sth 
street shortly after noon Monday 
(May 3). He had hung himself from 
the transom. 

No letters explaining his act were 
found. He had been living at the 
Emmet on and off for 15 years. 

His only living relative known is 
a sister, Agnes Roe, said to reside 
around Phlllipeburg, Pa. 

Roe was last seen alive Sunday 
night when ho went to his room 
about 11 p. m. A maid went to the 
room Monday at noon to make it up. 
She rapped on the door, got no re- 
sponse and tried her pass key but 
could not push open the door more 
than a few Inches. She called the 
manager and the two Anally forced 
the door open sufficiently 'to pass in. 

Roe was found strangled to death 
and suspended from a rope which 
had been secured to the transom. 
He had evidently then fastened the 
other end about his neck while 
standing on a chair. 

A trunk, the only property he had, 
beside the clothes he wore, con- 
tained many scrap books of his ex- 
ploitations and publicity work which 
identified him with many carnivals, 
etc. Some of the clippings identified 
him with the old time Barnum & 
liailey show In Tody Hamilton's 
time years ago. 

At the hotel It was said that dur- 
ing the last month he had hardly 
missed a night In his visits to the 
New Madison Square Garden while 
the circus was there as a guest of 
Hamilton's successor, Dexter Fel- 
lows. 

Roe had claimed membership in 
the Theatrical Press Representa- 
tives. Failure to obtain steady 
press employment are cited as one 
of the causes of his suicide. 



Labor Unions Fail to 

Lift Carnival Ban 

Middletown, C, May 4. 

The labor unions of Middletown 
have failed in their effort to have 
the ban lifted on street carnivals. 

The Trades Council, representing 
16 unions, appealed to tho city 
commission to rescind the action 
prohibiting tho street shows but it 
was Ignored. The city ruled two 
years ago to bar such affairs. 



Jones 9 Ballyhoo Break 

Washington. May 4. 
The Johnny J. Jones h. )W got a 
Mg publicity break Saturday when 
an elephant and a donkey from the 
show were utilized by the Republi- 
can and Democratic Congressmen as 
their respective "emblems" during 
the annual ball game of the mem- 
bers of the House of Representa- 
tives. 

The Jones elephant, loaded down 
with Republican leaders, was "shot" 
by all the news reels, while the 
donkey was caught with one lone 
member of the minority astride it? 
bsck. 



"Circus Twilight Service" 
For Dead in Cincinnati 

Cincinnati, May 4. 
The "Circus Twilight Service of 
Remembrance for Their Dead" was 
held at Spring Grove Cemetery here 
by performers and managers of the 
Hagenbeck-Wallace and John Rob- 
inson's circuses. The tombs of 
"Uncle John" Robinson and his 
family were visited. They then in 
turn visited the graves of John 
Low low, famous clown; Edward 
Cullen, former circus manager; 
Johnny Wilson, noted four-horse 
rider; tho famed Stlckney family; 
George B. Cox, friend of the circus 
world; John Hawlin, theatrical 
man, and Dan Dale, beloved circus 
man. 

An oral tribute was given by 
"Doc" Waddell, circus "chaplain," 
for Fred Collier, chief cowboy of 
the Sells-Floto Circus, who died re- 
cently at Janesville, Wis. 



SELLS-FL0T0 OPENS 



Hagenbeck-Wallace 

Open; No Parade 

Peru, May 4, 

Hagenbeck-Wallace circus opened 
the season here April L'O under can- 
vas. No parade was given, nor will 
there be any this season, according 
to present plans. The show has 
been condensed somewhat and will 
travel on 2ft cars. 

The first performance dragged a 
bit, but will soon whip into shape. 
Three trained animal acts are fea- 
tured in the one stee". arena; Clyde 
Beatty's mixed group of leopards, 
pumas, -lions, tigem- and black pan- 
thers; 16 tigers, handled by Robert 
MacPherson. and 19 lions and tigers 
in another group by Clyde Beatty. 
Dorothy Johnson and Babe Gardner 
handled nine elephants, three in 
each ring. The Davenport family, 
led by Orrin, do the principal rid- 
ing. The flying Ward-Kimball 
troupe appear In the one big cast- 
ing act. 

C. D. Odom Is general manager; 
W. E. Wells, equestrian director; 
Bert Cole, announcer; Edward 
Woeckener, musical director; W. R. 
Kellog, legal adjuster, and Ed 
Lingo, police. 

The show started south via Rich- 
mond, Ind.; Cincinnati, with Vir- 
ginia dates to follow. 



I CHINESE CONVENTION 
TALKS AND EATS 



State Charleston Contest 
As Park's Extra Draw 

Syracuse, N. Y., May 4. 

The new Long Branch Recreation 
Park, opening May 15 under the 
management of J. A. Miller, will 
have a State Charleston Champion- 
ship as one of the season's features. 
It will be offered In connection with 
a Long Branch Charleston series, 
sponsored by Trubin Amusements, 
who will operate the dance pavilion. 
Charleston teams, representing 12 
or 14 eities and amusement parks, 
will meet at Long Branch later in 
the summer to compete for the state 
title and a gold purse. Weekly 
elimination matches will be held at 
the Branch to determine the local 
team. 



Elephant Tramples on 
Girl Trainer — Leg Hurt 

Chicago, May 4. 
(Miss) Jacque Hart, who works 
the elephants with the Hagenbeck- 
Wallace Circus, wns trampled on by 
one Friday while the show was in 
Cincinnati. The accident occurred 
during the matinee. It resulted in 
one of Miss Hart's legs being badly 
injured. 

Dr. F. J. Ellet, the regulai medico 
who travels with the show, attend- 
ed her. He says no permanent in- 
jury Is likely. 



Takes 



Part In 8alvation 
Cornerstone Laying 



Army 



Danville, 111., May 4. 

The Sells-Floto show- opened its 
road season here with two great 
crowds 'and celebrated the day by 
participation in the cornerstone lay- 
ing ceremonies for the new Salva- 
tion Army citadel. Victor Bobbins 
and his band played, and a tribe of 
Sioux Indians, Cossacks and Wild 
West show people of the aggrega- 
tion assisted In the program. 

Jake D. Newman, general agent, 
and George Steele, veteran legal 
advisor, were speakers. 



164 Conventions Listed 
For Chicago This Summer 



Chieago, May 4. 

Chicago will have 164 conventions 
during this summer from the pres- 
ent count. 

It is reported that nearly every 
hotel in town is reserved continu- 
ously throughout the warm spell. 



TRADE EXPO IN L 1 

Los Angeles, May 4. 

Industrial and Trade Exposition, 
sponsored by tho Chamber of Com- 
merce, will be staged at the Shrine 
Auditorium Aug. 16-22. 

F. L. S. Harm an and Seward C. 
Simons of the chamber are co- 
managers. 



Banquest Follows Each Deci- 
sion—Jazz Band Aside— On 
Leong Tongs in Cleveland 



Cleveland. May 4. 

The national convention of the On 
Leong tong, in session with 600 
delegates in the organization's ban- 
ner-draped Ontario" sTf eel "He"ffaV 
quarters, like the annual circus, is 
the "greatest show on earih." 

For comedy it can't be beaten. 
For mystery, baffling and amusing, 
a master of the dark art couldn't do 
more. As a first-class eating house, 
where tasty foods are Berved in 
quantity on the slightest provoca- 
tion, you really can't do better any- 
where. 

There's no way of telling, or even 
estimating, the size of audiences this 
convention would draw were it pos- 
sible to substitute a theatre stage 
for the dingy attic where the Chi- 
nese assemblage grouped on stools 
and long wooden benches around a 
banquet table forever ready for use, 
transacts its business. 

The imported Oriental Jazz or- 
chestra, for Instance — Its harmony, 
or lack of harmony, alone would be 
worth the price of admission. 

One of the convention's business 
sessions Is equally Interesting. It 
starts some time In the afternoon, 
after all the boys have had their 
customary morning nap. It never 
adjourns until something definite 
has been determined. 

Each decision arrived at is fol- 
lowed by a banquet — a sort of cele- 
bration of the agreement. 

The convention opened here the 
first of the week. Safety Director 
Edwin D. Harry, who onee Jailed 
most all of Cleveland's Orientals 
because several Celestials killed an- 
other Celestial with a hatchet, is 
well pleased with the way the dele- 
gates have been behaving them- 
selves. 

He said as much, adding that he 
"hoped the good behavior con- 
tinues." 



BAK HELPS STATE FAIB 

Des Moines, la., May 4. 

The State Fair has a big booster 
in Des Moines. The City Council 
has passed a law barring all cir- 
cuses, shows and parades from this 
city during the fair, Aug. 16-Sept. «. 

In fact, all performances other 
than the usual vaudeville and film 
shows will be barred during that 
period. 



ITALIAN 9-DAY FIESTA 

San Francisco, May 4. 

In order to raise a fund with 
which to build a new clubhouse the 
L'nlono Sportlva, local Italian ath- 
letic association, staged a nine-day 
fiesta and Indoor circus under can- 
vas in the North Beach district. 

They hnvo a professional circus 
and are giving nightly parades and 
performances. 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON THE OUTSIDE 



Only Track-Worker Left 

Freddie Biggs with Sells-Floto Is the only track worker now employed 
Jny a first class circus, all the others having spoiled their rarket by over- 
doing it. Biggs is an artist at his line. Dressed as a somewhat goofey 
dame of doubtful age he accosts male patrons before the nhow uh they 
come in at the main entrance. It is surprising how ofien h« gets some 
unsuspecting male patron to tie his shoe lace while the people In the 
sents roar with laughter. 

Biggs' value consists in not hoklng It up too much. He makes even 
the victims of hi* hoaxes apparently enjoy the laugh. The surprised 
look on many a wife's or sweetheart's face when the psucdo-damc ap- 
proaches her "man" is exceedingly funny. 



Billick's Gold Medal Shows Ruled Out 

After paper was up and license procured Harry Billick's Cold Medal 
Shows were not allowed to play in Hot Springs, Ark., due to an un- 
savory reput-ition, local officers stated. This .show during 191M arid 1925 
ruined plenty of territory. The Hot Springs cancellation compel?. -d 
them to lay off a week. 



Sells Wondered 

It If most difficult to keep big simians alive in captivity, e*p»-« i a !ly 
will) circuses eontinuouhly on the move. Several seasons ago the King- 
ling show made much of the gorilla "John Daniel," feature of the *ide 
show. A second gorilla with the same nime was secured and also 
failed to thrive. Circuit people say the big ape died because tho Knglish 
woman who brought it up did not come overseas to take care of It. 

The SclH-Floto outfit at one time owned a highly valued chimpanzee 
of extraordinary size. 'Tnele Lew" Sells was a careful man about ex- 
penditure and there were no extras carded for the chimp, which started 
to fade. Executives went to Sells and told him of the delicacies nec- 
essary tc keep the monk alive. He i»nve hi* consent to such purchaser 
but quered: "How did a monk brought up in a tree in South Africa 
ipi'*-* f»i- ut such thing.' ?" 



VARIETY 



Wednesday If aj I, 1926 



103 



YEARS YOUNG 



AND HAS KEPT FAITH FOR EVERY YEAR OF ITS LIFE 







PRESENTING A CIRCUS BEAUTIFUL, THE OLDEST IN THE WORLD 



MOST GORGEOUS, UNIQUE, DAZZUNG 



SAM DILL, General Manager 



A. R. HOPPER, General Agent 



PHILIP 



KAROLINE 



THE EDDYS 



with 



JOHN ROBINSON'S CIRCUS 



BEN HASSEN 

TROUPE 

TUMBLING SONS OF THE DESERT 

with 

JOHN ROBINSONS (HOB 



NELL 
ROTH 

Greatest Versatile 
Lady Animal 7Y 
of the Age 



Now Exhibiting 10 Royal 

Bengal Tigers 
With 

JOHN ROBINSON'S CIRCUS 





VY 



ALL CONCESSIONS 



EMMETT 



EVA 



With 



JOHN ROBINSON'S CIRCUS 



THE ARIEL 

KELLYS 

FAST FEATS ON THE 
DOUBLE TRAPEZE 



With 



JOHN ROBINSON'S CIRCUS 




ION 
CARL 

WILD ANIMAL TRAINER 

FEATURING 

The Only Wrestling Tiger 
in the World 

AL80 

8 Black Mane African Lions 8 

With 

JOHN ROBINSON'S CIRCUS 



VARIETY 



THE WORLD'S ONLY- 



RECOGNIZED AND INDORSED AS THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC OF THE CIRCUS WORLD 



C. D. ODOM, General Manager 



J. C. DONAHUE, General Agent 



WILD ANIMAL TRAINER 

8 — BLACK MANE AFRICAN LIONS — 8 
8— BLACK MANE AFRICAN LIONESSES—8 
3— ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS— 3 

2ND SEASON WITH HAGEN BECK-WALLACE CIRCUS 



8 PEOPLE 



BOB 



TROU 



8 PEOPLE 



AMERICA'S ONLY AERIAL COMEDY BARS 

4TH SEASON WITH HAGENBECK-WALLACE CIRCUS 



ENNY 



Presents a Troupe of 14 FULL BLOODED SIOUX INDIANS from PINE RIDGE RESERVA- 
TIONS, SOUTH DAKOTA. Also a CONGRESS OF 20 WILD WEST COW BOYS AND 

COW GIRLS 



GEORGE DAVIS 

ALL CONCESSIONS 

GERALD SNELLENS, Concession Buyer 
BTH SEASON WITH HAGENBECK-WALLACE CIRCUS 



JACKIE BENNETT 

Formerly With "THAT DIFFERENT REVUE" 

"The FLAPPER FLIRT ON THE TRACK" 

NOW WITH HAGENBECK-WALLACE CIRCUS 



F\ JT. STAUNTON, Manager 

World's Greatest Side Show with Hagenbeck-W allace Circus 



TICKET SELLERS 



WALTER (BUSHY) MILLER 
WILLIAM TANK 



ALVIN HEINEMAN 
LEON BUSHMAN 



Prof. LEE TELLER, Lecturer 



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OBITUARY 



JEFFREYS LEWIS 

Jeffreys Lewis, 69, who resided at 
24 West 60th street. Now York, died 
April 29 in a New York hospital. 
Miss Lewis was a well-known 
actress and only a few months ago 
was playing in support of Crane 
Wilbur in "Easy Terms" at the Na- 
tional theatre, New York. 

TU« veaerable.act.CCS8 was born in 

London, Eng., her father being a 
prominent artist at that time. Miss 
Lewis displayed unmistakable art 
talent herself but preferred a stage 
career, entering the profession 



PASSED ON 

8aturday, April 24 
My Beloved Wife 

RUBY EARL 

A Real Pal and Loving Helpmate | 

ARMAJTD (Curley) WEIGHT 



York City, April 28, with interment 
in the family plot at Weehawken 
Cemetery, West New York, the 
same day. 



when 16. She made her debut at 
the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, 
Scotland, scoring an instantaneous 
success that resulted in a perma- 
nent engagement. After a year In 
Edinburgh she returned to London. 

She was in her teens when she 
came to America, appearing first as 
Esmeralda in "Notre Dame" at the 
old Lyceum theatre. In quick suc- 
cession she appeared in many old 
English comedies and her rise was 
such that she became leading lady 
at Wallack's Theatre and played 
"opposite" Lester Wallack, then 
heading his own company. 

Then followed her notable en- 
gagement with the famous Daly Co. 
aad made famous her characters of 
the French adventuress type. She 
went on tour with the Daly troupe 
and repeated her New York success 
on the Pacific Const. 

Her stage work in such plays as 
"Forget-Me-Not" and "Diplomacy" 
are regarded as stage classics and 
Miss Lewis starred in them in both 
the United States and Australia. 

Miss Lewis at times had appeared 
in support of such stars as William 
Faversham, John Drew, Arnold 
Daly and others.. Among some of 
the most prominent of the plays in 
which she appeared wore "Amer- 



CHARLES KLAISS 

Charles Klaiss, S7 (Klaiss and 
Brilliant), died suddenly April 30 In 
Elkhart general hospital. Elkhart, 
Ind., following a heart ^t Lack at the 
Lerncr theatre. 

Klaiss and Brilliant went to Elk 
hart via Chicago W. V. M. A. book 
lng. Klaiss had finished his act 
when stricken. He was rushed to 
the hospital, his wife being at his 
side when he died. 

Klaiss was a musician, best 
known for his accordion playing 
He had worked vaudeville for years, 
having been asoclated with a num- 
ber of well known artists, including 
Ben Bernie and Harry Wayman. 

The remains were brought to 
Brooklyn for burial. 



HORATIO SEYMOUR 

Horatio Seymour, 66, died April 
30 in St. Luke's hospital. New York. 

Mr. Seymour, formerly an actor, 
was In recent years on the Metro- 
Goldwyn publicity staff. His 
widow, Edith Edison Baldwin, sur- 
vives. The funeral was held May 4, 
auspices Actors' Fund with inter- 
ment in the Fund plot, Kenslco 
cemetery. 



JACK PERTY 

Jack Perty, veteran blackface 
comedian, died Dec 1 of acute In- 
digestion In Chambersberg, Pa. 

Perty had left the stage to be- 
come a traveling salesman. He ap- 



IN MEMO MAM 
To mjr dear pal and partuer 

CHARLES KLASS 



Who departed this life April 30, l»2C 

The sweet thoughts of our Ions asso- 
ciation and comradeship will always 

live In my memory. 

I miss jam, Charley' 

SAUL BRILLIANT 



VARIETY 



were "Big Romance" and "The 
Wanderer in a Foreign Land 



Wednesday, May 5. lfe* 



Richard Fechheimer, lyrist, died 
April 23. Mr. Fecnnelmer, with 
17. 8. array ambulance corps during 
the war, wrote the book and lyrics 
for "Let's Go" in Paris, 1919. which 
was presented overseas by the sol- 
diers; also wrote book and lyrics for 
the Elsie Janis "Gang Show." 



Daniel R. Ford, stock actor, died 
in Mndison. Wis., last week after a 
six week' illness. He had appeared 
with the Dorothy LaVern and Ma- 
jestic flayers in Madison. 



BILLS HEZT WXEK 

(Continued from page IT) 



The sister of Greta Oarbo, screen 
actress, died in Sweden, April 24. 



The father of Virginia Fox, screen 
actress, died in Florida. April 27. 



Barnett Grossman, 74, father of 
Al Grossman, vaudeville agent,, died 
April 26 in Rochester. 



The mother, 62 of Leon Kimber- 
ley (Kimberlcy and Page), died May 
2 at her home in Syracuse, N. T. 



TOP DOWN, MORE SHOWS 

(Continued from page 43) 

day on being on the $7.70 and $5.50 

basis. 

Because of the extended time, 
Senorita Meller will appear out of 
town this season, as planned, to fol- 
low the New York engagement. She 
will appear, in the principal stands 
next October. 

The gross for the third week bet- 
tered $21,000. 



In Memory of 

JOHN LOVELY 

A Good Old Time Performer 
Of 45 Years Standing 

God Rest His Soul 

Sam Scribner 



lrans In France," "As You Like It," 
"Oh. I Say!," "The Promises." 
"The Klansman" nnd "La Belle 
Rousse." 

Miss Lewis married Harry Mar- 
shall, actor, whose death occurred 
In Los Angeles, Nov. 7. 1902. 

A sod, Harry Mainhall, actor, and 
two sisters, Catherine Lewis Robert- 
son and Constance CoTllnson, who 
reside in England, survive. 

Interment was under auspices 
Actors' Fund of America. 



peared In vaudeville with the team 
Diney and Perty, and later worked 
with his wife as Jack and Kitty 
Pertie. The widow and son. Jack, 
Jr., residing in Harrlsburg, Pa., sur- 
vive. 



JOHN LOVELY 

John Lovely, 65, veteran vaude- 
ville and variety artist, died April 
L'6 in New York following a heart 
attack. Lovely was active in the- 
atricals for about 45 years, dating 
back to the wagon shows and later 
in variety and vaudeville as a 
member of the teams of Lynch and 
Lovely and later Lord and Lovely, 
standard acts of their day. 

Of late years he has been in the 
employ of the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Company as a doorman. For 
the past two years he was the door- 



"COO" DU— FOR 

OUR DARLING BROTH RR 
Farood »wny May 3. 1919 
Hpw we miHH your li'l amlle 

An' every thin* rov dhl — 
You alwuyfl were a -uprisln/r us. 
That's why you went away an' hid! 

BABS, HABBY and DENIS 



map at the Gayety, Washington, 
and prior io that at th» Columbia 
houses la Buffalo and Baltimore. 

He la survived by a ulster, niece 
and nephew. A funeral mass was 
held at St. Malachi's Church, New 



RUBY EARL WRIGHT 

Ruby Earl Wright, 29, died April 
24 at a private hospital in Holly- 
wood, Cal., following a ten -week 
illness. Enlargement of the spleen 
was given as the cause of her death. 
She was a member of the vaudeville 
team of Wright and Earl and was 
with the Zelgfeld "Follies" for two 
years. She is survived by her hus- 
band, Armand ("Curley") Wright, 
comedy scenario writer at Universal 
City; four sisters and one brother. 



CHARLE8 L. GAGE 

Charles L. Gage, 75, well known in 
San Francisco musical circles, died 



IN MEMORY 

of mj beloved wife 

FWTZIE 

Paseed away May 10, 1926 

MACK HANLEY 



of heart disease, in that city. Gage 
was born in Providence, R. I., and 
went to San Francisco when a 
youth. 



J. M. BUSBY 

J. M. Busby, 62, in Los Angeles, 
April 26. He Was formerly man- 
ager of Eusby Brothers' Minstrels 
and Busby Brothers' Circus. Rites 
were held at the Inglewood Park 
Cemetery chapel by the Masonic 
lodge, of which he was a member. 



Dick Wick Hall, 48. humorist and 
author of the "Salome Sun" series in 
the 'Saturday Evening Post," died 
at Angeies Hospital, Lea Angeles, 
j April 28, from poisoning resulting 
from Infection of the teeth. He had 
been a newspaperman and founder 
of Salome, Aris., which, he Immor- 
talized In humor. Is survived by his 
widow, father, brother and two chil- 
dren. 



Henry Pell, f 1, composer and mmg 
writer, died in Stockton, Calif., April 
26. His best remembered uongs 



"SHANGHAI" MOVING 

(Continued from page 43) 
negotiations between Lee Shubert 
and Woods in regards a booking 
contract between them. WoodH 
agreed to book with the Shuberts 
for a certain period, Woods to have 
the pick of any five Shifjfrrt theatres. 
The producer chose the Shubert 
under a low summer rental. Lee 
Shubert okayed the contract but in- 
serted a clause allowing him to spot 
another show there in the fall. That 
caused a hitch, with Woods re- 
fusing to recede from his con- 
tractual rights. Just prior to sail- 
ing, Shubert consented to the book- 
ing without restriction. 

When "The Shanghai Gesture" 
was produced, there was none of 
the five Shubert houses in the 
agreement available. That was an 
out for Woods to place the dramatic 
smash In the Beck, rated with the 
Erlanger group of theatres. The 
house rented outright for 18 weeks, 
the house being satisfied to have a 
tenant guaranteed for the balance 
of the season.. 

"Gesture" is the non-musical 
money leader having averaged over 
$26,000 weekly, never falling below 
that mark. The Shubert has about 
the same capacity at the scale, $3.85 
top. A gallery permitting tickets at 
a lower rate than the rear of the 
Beck balcony Is considered a further 
advantage. 

The "Greenwich Village Follies" 
now at the Shubert was expectant 
of remaining through June but will 
be moved if continuing bej'ond May. 

"FLAVIA" WITH $30,000 

(Continued from page 43) 
berts, for a consideration, turned 
the title over to the Stanley-Cran- 
dall interests. The 4.000-seat pic- 
ture house projected by the Mast- 
bnums for the Academy site has 
struck a snag. This turn of afruira 
leaves the Stanley company with 
two legit houses on its hands in 
Baltimore (Ford's and Academy). 
What use, if any, will be made of 
the spacious Academy next season 
is anybody's guess. 

"Princess Flavia" was a box 
office riot at tho Auditorium. It 
started with S. R. O. Mondav night 
and increased nightly. By Satur- 
day it was a turn-away. The 
count-up showed $30,000 in. 

The intimate uptown Guild is 
running, on a curtailed schedule of 
performances, the spring edition of 
the ' Charles Street Follies." This 
revue failed to get the favorable 
notices of the winter edition, but is 
carrying on with no announcement 
so far of a closing date. 

The Auditorium began a spring 
and summer season of dramatic 
repertoire Monday night Ralph 
Murphy and Howard Rumsey of the 
American Play Co. are sponsoring 
the venture, and Frederick C 
Schanbergsr, Jr., is managing. 
Murphy, well known locally from 
the George Marshall-Lyceum the- 
atre days. Is also staging the pro- 
ductions. The opening attraction 
Is "Ladles of the Evening," with 
Lillian Foster and Rafph Morgan 
featured. t Tht show Is in for two 
weeks, with "Aloma of tho South 
Seas," "Rain" and "They Knew 
What They Wanted" underlined. I 



Dave Vine 
Society Scandal* 
Hibbert A Hartinaa 
Little Elljr 

3d hart (18-1«) 
Lndora A Beck man 
Melroy Sis 
Darrett A Cunren 
Broadway Flashes 
(One to fill) 

SFB'UF'LD, MASS. 

Broadway <Fe> (3) 

Francis a Walton 
"Brown of Harv'd" 

Palace (K) 

2d half (€-•) 
Arcadians 
Toy Town Iter 
Claymo 
Prank Bush 
Ron A Hay as 

STAMFORD, CT. 

Strand (K> 

id half (•-») 
Jerry Dean 
Better Selves 
Jean Miller Co 
Anthony A Rogers 
(One to all) 

STEtTB'NV'LLF, O. 

Capitol (K) 

2d half («-»> 
Ross A lffayno 
Jack Strauss 
Ideal 

Maud BJarl 
Schwartl A Clifford 

8TRACUSK, N. Y. 
Keith's 
Id half (0-1) 
Denby A Dawn 
Alleen Stanley 
J Stanley 
Mellie Dunham Co 
(One to nil) 

Temple 

2d half <«-•> 
Francis A Hume 
Willie Bros 

4 of Us 

Spoor A Parsons 
(One to nil) 

TACOMA, WASH. 

Paulas;** (10) 

Murand A Leo 
Tocy A Toy 
June Couilhope 
Al Bernlvlcl 
Mahon A Cholet 
Cyclone Kcvue 

TAMPA, FLA. 

Keith's 

1st half MO-18) 
(St. Petersb's split) 
Anthony A Marcelle 
Higher Ups 
Kenny A Nobody 
Romas Troupe 
(One to All) 

T*RK HTTE, IND. 

Indiana (KW) 

1st half (10-12) 
Sankus A Slivers 

Ann Gold 

5 Harmanlacs 
Edwards A Beanley 
Hollywood Revels 

2d half (13-16) 
Judy A Lorcnx 2 
Al K Hall Co 
(Three to All) 

TOLKDO, O. 

Keith's 

2d half (fi-9) 
Canary Opera 
The Wager 
Deader A Balfour 
Christy A Nelson 
Owen McOlveny 
Thornton Sis 

1st half (1012) 
Gardner's J toga 
A Rasch Co 
Anger A Fair 
T A V Pats 
(One to Oil) 

2d half (12-16) 

RoRcr Williams 

3 MoIWns 
Premier A Klaiss 
(Two to nil) 

RItoII (P) (10) 
Paul Itroa 
Warren A Corbett 
Maaon A Colo 
Exposition Four 
Hiersdorfl Sis 

TORONTO, C AN. 
PanUseM (10) 

4 ClovHlys 

P & P Hanson 
F & T Hay.l.-n Rov 
Sister to Sister Co 
Eileen A Marjorie 

Shea's (K) (2) 

The Sherwondn 
The Merediths 
Dr Oeo lOrkwell 
Ann Huter 
Sybil Vane Co 
Stephens A H 
Pasqual Bros 

Yonge Rt. (L) (10) 

7 Rainbow Girls 
Debff & Woldnn 
Butler A Parker 
A I Ahbott 
I'.ojai PiLln Tr 

TRENTON, N. J. 

Cupltol (K) 

2d half ((-)) 
Hunlford 
Dave Gardner 
The Earls 
C Withers Co 
BAB Oorman 

TULSA, OK LA. 
0*9**mm (It) 

. let half (10-12) 
Page A Glass 

Bennett A Clark 
Clayton A Lcnnle 
Fenton A Fields 
(Oos to AH) 

td half (12.11) 
Wlljiat I 
Van A. Tyson 
Wlsecrsckor 

Wllllnmn A Toung 
fllsnley A W His 



UNION CITY, N. 9. 
Capital (K) 

2d half («-•) 

Herb Faye Co 
Oenaro Girls 
Hart Roberts A O 
(Two to All) 

UTICA, N. Y. 

GaJoty (K) 

2d half («-•) 
Faber A Margie 
Herb Sonderson Co 
Wheeler A Wheeler 
Gosler A Losbjr 
Mack A Earl 
Lloyd A Russell ' 

VANCOUVER, B.€. 

Orphean (O) (S) 

Marlon Harris 
Hronson A Evans 
I>anny Dare 
Dare Sis 
Don Valerio 
Johnny HInes 

FsntasM (10) 

Dancing Dorans 
Jlmmle Glldea Co 
Chappelle A S 
Harry Grlbben 
Camille S 
Frank Peggy A J 

WALTIIAM. MASS. 

Waldorf (■> 

2d half (I t) 
At H WllnoD 
Orth A Coleman Co 
(Three to Oil) 

WASH'OTON. D. C. 
Karle (K) (2) 

Eric Philip Co 
Harry Lee 
Barto A Mack 

Once Upon a Time 
Ooode A Lelghton 
Danceland 

(*) 

Clara K Young 
Lee Morse 
Morley A Anger 
Bentelle A Go>ild 
Bergor Co 
Flying Berlins 

Keith's (3) 

Ruth Chatterton Co 
Bert Errol Co 
Roye A Maye Co 
Mullen A Francis 
Robey A Gould 
Bezazlan A White 
Chevalier Bros 
Shattuck A Ward 
(») 

Irene Franklin 
Long Tack Sam Co 
Mchllngcr A W 
Naughton & Gold 
Zj Stoutenberj Co 
T A A Waldman 
(One to nil) 

Metropolitan (Pc) 

(2) 

Gene Austin 
"Women's Husb'us" 
(»> 

Bernard de Pace 
"Mile Modiste" 

Bialto (Pc) (S) 

Fritasl Scheff 
Scott McKee 
"Gilded Butterfly" 

WASHINftT'N, PA. 

Mate (K) 

2d half (6-t) 
Jos'lne Amoroa Co 
Oliver A Olsen 
Oriental Fantasies 

WATERBURY, CT. 

Palace (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Brut-h A Thurston 
Lew Koss 
Mae Francis 
Gilbert Avery Rev 
Evans Wilson A E 

WATERLOO, IA. 

Strand (Pe) (3) 

Sophia Kamslr 
Brault A Bcglcy 

WAT'RTWN, N. Y. 

Regent (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Selblnl A Grevinl 
Ray Ropers Co 
Will Ward 
Dallas Walker I 
Lyle A Leplne 

WHKRL'G, W. VA. 

Victoria (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Janton Sis 
Earl ".- Kial Rev 
Jack DnnK^r 
Lady Alice's Pets 
Lyons A Wakefield 

WINDSOR. CAN. 

Capitol (KW) 

1st half HO-12) 
Marg Morrell Co 
Revue Comlque 
• Tip Tops 

(Two to fill) 

2d half MS 14) 
Pltkards* Seals 
Olffa Kane Co 
Harry Colfm:»n Co 
Co van A fluftin 
Operatic Tld Bits 

WINNIPEG, CAN. 

Cnpltol (Pc) (3) 

II B B 
King Sis 
RondcUen 

Orpheum (O) (2) 
Avon Comedy 4 
Carr A Lynn 
Paul Gordon 
W A O Ahearn 

WDHAVEN, L. I. 

WUlard (L) 

1st half (10-12) 
Elsie Clark Co 
Carle A Ines 
Bison City 4 
Margo Beth Co 
(On* to fill) 

2d hair (12-16) 
Jfc Arloys 

Altman A May 
M A A Clark 

Harry Fm Co 
(One to nil) 



Pall (K) 

2d half (6-9) 
Holdea A Grahasa 
Bs- Wives 
Sargent A Lewis 

Four Camerons 
Bernard A Marcelle 

YONKKRS, N. Y. 
Proctor's (K) 



»d half 
Three Vagrants 
Morris A Shaw 
Pulton A Parker 
Night In ChlnT 

YORK. P A . 

Opera Hous« (gj 

2d half <|. f) 

Bob Bob A B 
(Others to flu) 



"SUNNY" PASSES TOTAL 

(Continued from page 43) 
Admittedly one of the rawest shows 
In years. It started Jumping after 
the opening* and grossed nearly 
$8,000 the first week. Starting with 
capacity this week, takings may 
reach $12,000. Either figure In big 
for a show of the kind, as It wag 
shoe-stringed. 

••Beau Strings." by the same au. 
thor as "At Mrs. Beam's," failed to 
land at the Mansfield, getting about 
$3,000 the first week. "Bunk of 
192«" got $7,000, not profitable for 
a revue* and out rates were liber- 
ally supplied. 

"Last of Mrs. Cheyney" got $17. 
000 to $18,000 last week, with 
"Cradle Snatchers" a bit over $15. 
000; "Kongo" climbed to the $10.. 
000 mark; the same figure Is cred- 
ited to "Alias the Deacon," with 
"Craig's Wife" and "The Patsy" 
slightly less. "Pomeroy's Past" bet- 
tered $9,000 at the Longacre, prin- 
cipally a lower floor show as Is 
"Love In a Mist" at $8,500; "The 
Wisdom Tooth" eased off to about 
$8,000, with "Young Woodley" at 
$8,000, but both making money; 
"Not Herbert" got $6,600, and may 
have made a profit, but "Love 'Em 
and Leave 'Em" a bit under that 
mark, lost and Is due to stop next 
week; "The Jazz Singer" holds to 
paying business at over $10,000, 
with cut rates a big factor; "What 
Every Woman Knows" is a revival 
success, again beating $10 000 in a 
small house. 

"Artists and Models" leaves the 
Garden this week. "Temptations" 
due in shortly; "The Great Gatsby 1 * 
closing, too, will leave the Ambas- 
sador dark; "Rainbow Rose" 
stopped at the Forrest last Satur- 
day, house also dark. 

The second annual production of 
the "Garrick Gaieties" at the Gar- 
rick is the only premiere carded 
for next week, with "Fast Life" 
mentioned as a possibility. "The 
Gorilla" will return to the Selwyn 
right off the subway circuit for four 
weeks; "The Great God Brown" 
will move from the Garrick to the 
Klaw, "Not Herbert" moving from 
the latter house to the 491 h Street 

"Naughty Klquettei" clossed at the 
Majestic, Brooklyn, last week, out 
all season, but not playing on 
Broadway; it topped the subway 
circuit with a gross of about $14,- 
000; "What Price Glory" also 
stopped, winding up at the Riviera 
for a gross of over $10,000; "The 
Poor Nut" tot $11,000 at Werbai 
and holds over this week; "Butter 
and Egg Man" about $0,000 at the 
Broad, Newark; "Kitty's Kisses," a 
new musical comedy at the Shu- 
bert there, got around $7,000; 
"Kosher Kitty Kelly" got $3,500 at 
the "Bronx opera house and made 
money. 

Buys at Unlucky 13 

The list of buys running in the 
premium agencies are marked at 
the unlucky 13«figure this week. In 
addition to the number listed there 
are two additional attractions that 
virtually nro buys, but they are so 
small that the brokers do not count 
them In the list. These are "Young 
Woodley" at the Belmont and "A 
Night in Paris" at the Casino de 
Paris atop of the Century. 

The regulation list includes "Lulu 
Belle" (Belasco); "H. M. S. Pina- 
fore" (Century); "The Last of Mrs. 
Cheyney" (Fulton); "No. No, Nan- 
ette" (Globe); "T!p-toes" (Liberty); 
"The Wisdom Tooth" (Little); 
"Pomeroy's Past" (Longacre); "The 
Cocoanuts" (Lyric); "The Shang- 
hai Gesture" (Beck); "Cradle 
Snatchers" (Music Box); "Sunny 
(Amsterdam); "Iolanthe" (Ply* * 
outh) and "The Girl Friend'' (Van- 
derbilt). 

In the cut rates there were 25 
shows listed at bargain prices. They 
were "The Great Gatsby" (Ambas- 
sador); "Koncro" (Biltmore): "T" e 
Bunk of 19L'6" (Broaiihuist); "Van- 
ities" (Carroll); "By the Way, 
(Central); "The Jazz Singer 
(Cort); "Carmrncita and the Sol- 
dier" (Cosmopolitan); "Sj* 
(Daly's); "Square CrooKs" (KlltotU. 
"One of the Family" (Kltintfe): " 
Zat So?" (4Rth St.); "The Grew- 
God Brown" (Garrick); "Bad Han; 
its of 1926" (Greenwich Village), 
"Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" (Ha* 
rls); "Alias the Deacon" (Htidso" J. 
"Sweetheart Time" (Imperial . 
"Ths Student Prince" (J»S° n i;; 
"Not Herbert" <Klaw)? "^^T 
Enemy*' (Knickerbocker); » ea " d 
StrtngsN (Mansfield); -Juno •}"« 
ths Paycock" (Mayfalr): ,,The v H v, - 
Caste" (National); "Greenwich v 
lage Follies'* (Shubert); "La" in d 
Off" (Wallnck'H), and "Artists 
Models" (Winter Garden). 



Wednesday, May 5, 192* 



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Papa and tha family probably 
went out autoing In the country 
Sunday. Those few who did prefer 
to steam in the Majestic theatre 
walked out looking; like they had 
slept in their clothe*. 

Too bad that It was »ui v h idea.1 
outdoor weather, as there was more 
fun in the house than there has been 
for some time. 

Two acts managed to pull through 
this handicap. Alexandria and Ols«n 
were one and that human skit 
known as "Al's Here" was the 
other. Alexandria and Olsen, as 
usual, employed one or two charac- 
ters from the other acts to help 
them along; with their riot of laughs. 
House managers must welcome this 
act, as it helps the audiences to for- 
get the weaker numbers. 

"Al's Here" has a certain appeal 
to it that very few other skits have. 
Its setting, a typical barroom that 
the oldtimers have not by any, 
means forgotten, is sufficient to set 
the uct Is right at the start. From 
the time the curtain ffjoea up until 
that gripping moment when the 
four slightly soused men and the 
bartender burst into "Sweet Ade- 



those to appear In the Alexandria 
and Olsen rowdyism. 

Fitzslmmons and Flory took well 
in the sixth spot The character 
work by the "aged" man is dazzled 
now and then by the girl's construc- 
tion and appearance in general, but 
£t Is outstanding at the close. Took 
a well-deserved pneore. 

The Lillian Faulkner marionettes 
were an ideal opener. Picture houses 
are overlooking a bet in not calling' 
for this one. The baseball game, In 
particular, gives the act a real ele- 
ment of class. There are some eas- 
ily recognized stage and screen star 
replicas. Including the Pickforda, 
Frisco, Charlie Chaplin, Ollda Gray, 
the Sheik himself and even Gump 
and Jiggs. 

Cartoon comedy and Pathe News 
closed. Hal. 



An old-fashioned small time 
vaudeville bill was unfolded last 
Thursday night at the American; 
an old-fashioned quartet, an ancient 
sketch, a single man who Imitated 
(seriously) Teddy Rooaeyelt, and 
a Chinese "flash." The opening act, 
Gertrude and Boys, was modern to 



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line" the act is as near perfect as 
could be desired. Its sudden change 
at that point to a song act, however, 
transforms a masterpiece into just 
a very good bit of entertainment. A 
revision of the post-climax would 
greatly help an act that Is already 
way above average. 

Jane and Guy Rarriek were In the 
deuce with their comedy and did 
will enough in that position. Mr. 
Rarriek seemed much more at home 
in Alexandria and Olson's act later 
on, though. 

Natalie and Darnelle and girls 
.suffered somewhat because of the 
indifferent audience. There is no 
question about the act's quality. 
AS dance flashes go it Is well in the 
running. Us Kgyptlan number, ex- 
ecuted by the entire cast of the four 
girls aad the featured team. Is 
ultra-classy. Recommended for pic 
ture houses which use cooling sys 
terns. 

The "Bluebird Song Revue" mixed 
quartet stands out as an act brave 
enough to employ opera for a close 
—and get by with it in fine style. 
The quartet was In formal dress, 
with one of the girls doubling at 
the piano now and then. It has its 
necessary Jazz moments, but goes 
into serious vocal work majorlcally 
with surprising success. Very good. 

Green and Gale (New Acta) have 
what can best be described aa a 
blackface gag act. Talk is clever- 
aim ost too clever at times for the 
Majestic Morpheuses — but It pulled 
through. Green also was one of 



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a degree. It brought together a 
number of acrobats uressed in wide 
trousers and collegiate sweaters. 

Harry Fiddler was the up-to-date 
single with the T. R. Imitation. He 
did a Chinaman for a finale, getting 
i.iugns by paroling the Kngusn lan- 
guage. Facial contortions are the 
basis of Mr. Fiddler s career as an 
entertainer. 

Jim Fulton and Company smacks 
somewhat of the type of sketch put 
out by Harry Holman, but is not as 
clever. There are none of the Hol- 
man nifties. And the lines are read 
at a fast gallop, some of them be- 
ing swallowed in the actors' throats, 
others in the ether. Mr. Fulton Is 
the mayor of the town whose son 
lias had a college boy affair with a 
college widow who triea the shake- 
uo*n. ;no eiement of genuine 
sketch -writing has entered into the 
assembling of the dialogue. The 
chap who plays tha son looks to be 
about 16 or 17, which Is pretty 
young even for a college boy. 

Then the Four Volunteers. Jack 
Potsdam used to produce these kind 
of quartets for the Loew Circuit 
six years ago, only the Potsdati 
acts were a lot better. The four 
members possess real pipes, but are 
so Intent upon making the greatest 
possible volume of aound that it 
is almost Impossible to recognize 
the merit of their voices. This is 
the sort of act that frequently, as 
at the American, wows a small time 
audience, but never gets any rea 
tnonev and seldom any consistent 
bookings. These efforts at comedy 
are of the vintage of 1909, utterly 
banal If not downright annoying. 

Ah San and Jo, Chinese girl 
dancer and boy violinist, closed, re- 
vealing little. Loop. 



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Half a hou*e7#unday matinee at 
the Palace. Juax because the sun 
was shining outside. And yet the 
Orpheum circuit expects to be able 
to fill their new 3,000-seat house 
when they can't sell all the .seats In 
the 1.200-scat Palace. The si^nlfi 
cance of this observation is beat 
understood when It is borne in mind 
that there are 3,000,000 people in 
Chicago and the' Palace iH the only 
two-a-day theatre. 

Anna Fltziu, prima donna of the 
Chicago Civic and Metropolitan 
opera companies, headlines the cur- 
rent week. Miss Fltziu has class 
and dignity, but not a "name" fa 
miliar to the general public. Vaude 
patrons cannot fail to appreciate 
her, but it is questionable if she can 
pull at the box office. Miss Fltziu 
possesses, besides an exquisite 
voice, a world of charm. Very 
wisely, too, her songs are popular 
and familiar. A gentleman with a 
monocle, Mr. Paul Yartin, provided 
skilled accompaniment. 

Harry Carroll opened for the Or- 
pheum circuit in spite of his sup- 
posed presence on the blacklist of 
the Kelth-Albee office In the east. 
Harry has a large troupe with him, 
but its not tha act the original 
"Everything Will Re All Right" act 
was. Another songwriter, Ernest 



R. Ball, with a girl In support, waa 
also on the bill. 

The show opened in "one" wltb 
Roger Williams, imitations of a 
wide variety of vehicles, birds, mu- 
sical instruments and mechanical 
devices. Roger is a clever enter- 
tainer, "belongs," and got over in 
great shape. 

Bud Snyder and Co., a threesome 
of a bike rider and two clowns, one 
or them proving to be a woman, 
deuced. Johnny Berkes and Sheila 
Terry followed, going from "one" to 
full and back. This ability to ad- 
just their act to backstage conve- 
nience gives them added desirability 
for the booking gentlemen. A nice 
man and woman team embracing 
song, dance and clowning. 

Comedy honors were about equal 
between Shone and Squires and Ann 
Codee and Frank Orth. Both acts 
are standard and familiar. The 
Juggling Nelsons closed in ninth 
position. Loop. 

"Those days are past," said the 
W. V. M. A. booker with the leather 
neck, "when acts were Judged par- 
tially by the reception they get in 
the showing houses. In these hec- 
tic times we Judge an act solely by 
the way It looks to us. and let the 
rest of the audience deposit Itself 
in some near-by lagoon." 

The leather- necked booker may 
be right, but still there la room to 
wonder when you visit the Acade- 
my theatre, for instance, Thia house 
gets an audience of foreigners of all 
assortments. It la vain to hope that 
these people will welcome any act 
heartily other than pantomime and 
burlesque comedy skits, and It must 
materially hamper the style of any 
song-and-talk affair which is striv- 
ing to be listed among the "class" 
acts. 

This week, however, any song- 
and-talk acts that were not appre- 
ciated didn't deserve it. Caryl and 
Gilbert were one of the weak num- 
bers. Their voices aren't bad indi- 
vidually, but they're murder when 
they get together. If this man and 
woman team must sing, they should 
confine themselves to solos entirely. 
Songs were up to date and person- 
alities okay, but the team will be In 
the overnight stands as long as it 
blends voices. 

Adams and Edler looked better. 
Another man-and-woman team, 
opening with a sax duet. A song 
solo by the girl and a violin number 
by the man are both very well done. 
Took surprisingly well for the 
Academy. 

Pcro and Wilson, openers, pre- 
sented a miscellany of Juggling and 
balancing feats in a special oriental 
setting. Feats are done almost en- 
tirely by the man, outfitted aa a 
tourist. Very good for the small 
houses. 

The Casetta Rydell company, six- 
person dance flash, deserves better 
booking. Routine is featured by a 
whirling toe dance executed by a 
boy and three girls, adagio by Ca- 
setta and Rydell. a Russian special- 
ty, and an ensemble apache number. 
Costumes have iota of class. 

Friedlander Bros., real old-timers, 
were substituted for a missing act. 
These gentlemen still have the fa- 
miliar act — one of them In cork atid 
outfitted with all sorts of mechani- 
cal contraptions, with the other act- 
ing as minstrel Interloper. They 
play all sorts of musical Instru- 
ments, including a miniature cal- 
liope and a set of bells. This act 
wlU refresh your memory as to the 
old days of vaudeville. Was a wow 
at the Academy. 

The "prize" candy hawker fur- 
nishes hot competition for the feat- 
ure picture. He sells his wares in 
the dark and gu ran tecs anything 
from silver serving plates to large 
cameras. Most of the customers 
drew collar buttons. jfoL 



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musical comedy tabs an the stage 
■how in their Harding: and Senate 
theatres. 



The Convict Ship "Success," 
which was docked at State street 
bridge all last' summer, is now tied 
up at Madison street bridge for a 
repeat engagement. 



George Givot has returned from 
appearing in presentations on the 
«oa«t and will be featured at Mc- 
Vickers again. 



Sam J. Park, vaudeville author, 
baa put out a tent show under the 
auspices of the stage hands' locals 
in this territory. It will be out 14 
^eeks starting at LaSalle, 111. A. 
Raymond Gallo is handling pub- 
licity. 



The Garrlck at Fond du Lac, Wis., 
baa been remodeled and will open 
May 11 with a picture-vaudeville 
policy. It will be booked by the 
International agency, Chicago. 

Isham Jones and his orchestra 
"will open a summer tour of the Or- 
Pheum Circuit Mny 24. 



George Junkin, former field secre- 
tary of the Drama League, has re- 
signed and Is now connected as anl 
Bouncer with a broadcasting station 
in St Louis. 



The John Robinson Circus will 
•now in Detroit Decoration Day. 

George Christos and Van Norai- 
*a« have purchased the Rainbow 
"» e atre, 1,000-seat movie house at 
« a stead and 120th street, from the 

tToi;^ Dorsehleg Estate, for 
♦18,000. 



Harry Munna, Equity lawyer, sus- 
Penaed business for the day and 
ruined homeward in n frenzy of ex- 

th?# m< r nt when hls wlf « Phoned him 
jnat Jessie Munna, their year-old 

fcint, n *<l swallowed a button 
nook The child is none the worse 
ior the experience. 



Jr^a°i^ e Menre > associate of t 
11 a ''^man Agency, has start 



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suit against Ford and Glenn, radio 
singers, for an accounting of their 
earnings, based on an alleged con- 
tract to run five years signed be- 
tween the act and himself in 1924. 
Mence claims he signed them up 
under his management and Is en- 
titled to commission on all their 
Income. Recently the act has been 
booked In various Independent 
vaudeville, picture and other thea- 
tres by P. J. Boyle. They broadcast 
regularly one night a week over 
WLS. 



The Great Northern Hotel is re- 
ported to have been put chased by 
William M. Collins, president of 
Henrici's, for $3,500,000. The land 
Is owned by the estate of Eugene 
S. Pike and is leased to the hotel 
for 99 years. 



company. Alexander Dean will be 
In charge of the Indianapolis forces. 
George Pat Wood will be scenic 
artist, with Michael Fitzglbbon as 
technical director. Paul Hillman 
will be business auuutger of the 
company here. 



Freda Banker's Orchestra has 
been -booked to play this season at 
Chester park. Helveys Players will 
play in the Palm Gardens of the 
same amusement resort. 



Charles F. Rassett, an instructor 
in geology at the University of 
Illinois at Urbana, was expelled 
from the First Presbyterian church 
choir because he defended Sunday 
movies in a letter to a local dally. 

Sunday movies were defeated 
there recently by nearly 500 votes. 

CINCINNATI 

By MELVIN J. WAHL 

Shubert— "What Price Glory " 

Grrnd— "Candida." 

Cox— "Irene." 

Keith's— Vaudeville. 

p a taee— Vaudeville and "Million 
Dollar Handicap" (film). 

Empress- "Hand Box Revue. 

Boulevard— "Holmgemacht ." „ 

Photoplays — Capitol Mike 
Lyric, "The Greater Glory ; Wal- 
nut. "Sea Horses"; Strand, -Let s 
Get Married"; Family. "Stop, Look 
and Listen." 

Edward Relisted t has be«-n en- 
caired by the National Players to 
direct the music of the National 
players* production of "Irene. 

Stuart Walker, director of the 
Walker Stock, announced thM 
C.eoree Fomr.rs will r.-main in un- 
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Resinning May t the National 
Players will move to their new 
quarters in the Shubert theatre, the 
Cox probably remaining dark for 
the summer. 



Frank Van Der Stucken, director 
of the Cincinnati May Festival, has 
been decorated for the third time. 
The King of Belgium has conferred 
on him the title of "Officer of the 
Crown." 



Forrest Lamont and Joan Ruth 
have been signed by the Zoo Opera 
Company for the coming season at 
the Zoo. 



Frits Reiner, director of the Cin- 
cinnati Symphony Orchestra, will 
go to Dudapest to direct a season 
of opera there. He will then go 
to Turin, Ttaly, to direct two per- 
formances at the English Festival. 



NEWARK, N. J. 

By C. R. AUSTIN 

Shubert — San Carlo Opera. 

Broad— "Creaking Chair." 

Proctor's — Vaudeville and "Tho 
Unnamed Woman." 

Loew's State — "Fine Clothes" and 
vaudeville. 

Newark — "Prince of Pilsen" and 
vaudeville. 

Mosque — "Oh, What a Nurse" and 
vaudeville 

Brandford— ' Mile. ModlHte." and 
vaudeville. 

Fox' Terminal— (1) "The T-i^htinc 
Pucka roo" and "Secret Order*." (')) 
"Y«-llnw Finger**" and "Lure of th" 
Wild." 

Rialto — "Th« Lucky Lady" and 
"Tin; Si-Undid Road" 

Goodwin— 'The Sr>a Peast" (2d 
we* k ). 

Capitol — Triple, change; double 

fe.i . IJITM. 

Miner's Empire — Powder Puff 

Re viie << '<>lu ml >i. i ) . 

Lyric — Hollywood Fe-nndals fMu- 
hi;.n. 

Orpheum— Colored vaudeville. 



Palace 

(stock ) . 



(Orange) — "Mlsmates" 



The Oiitani in Hackensack opens 
Friday. The new house, which la 
now under control of the Fabians, 
seats 2,200. "Lady Windermere's 
Fan" is the initial bill. 



Dreamland park opens today un- 
de** the new manager, C. E. Klrod. 
Among the new features at the park 
is a menagerie, which will be on 
view somewhat later. Besides many 
animals it includes an alligator 
pond and a monkey island. 



Olympic park is open now for 
dancing Saturdays, but will not 
open its season officially until 

May 29. 



DETROIT, MICH. 

By GEORGE WINTER 

New Detroit— "Out of the NiKht." 

8hubert- Detroit — "A Great Little 
Cuy" (Joe Laurie, Jr.). 

Garrick— "TarniNh" (Htock). 

Lafayette— "The Arabian" (Walk- 
er Whiteside). 

Bonstelle Playhouse - "The Squaw 
Man'' (William Kavprshiim, guest 
star; stock). 

Temple - Vaudeville. 

Cadillac— "The Speed fiirls" (Mu- 
tual). 

Adams— "For Heaven'H Sake (2d 
week"). 

Broadway -8trand — Outside the 
Law." 

Capitol— "The Skyrocknt." 
Madison— "Stella Dallas." 
State- "Monte Carlo." 



Pi'KKy Hopkins Joyce 1h making »t 
personal appearance nt Kunwky'B 
Capitol thiH week. 



David Nederlnnder (Shuhert-Dr- 
tn>j! » announce* there will be no 
.stock in his theatre this summer. 

The Detroit "The Studont Prlaee 1 ' 
returns for a brn f engagement th;s 
month, before Hosing for the sum- 



mer. This show has played V 
dates this season at the Lafayette), 

totalling 15 weeks. 



Ann Harding announces she will 
do "The Taming of the Shrew" 
during the summer at the Qarrlek. 



MILWAUKEE 

By HERB ISRAEL 

Davidson — "Lombardl, Lid. (Ijss 
Carrillo). 

Pabst— -Herman stock. 

Palace— Vaudeville. 

Majestic — Vaudeville. 

Miller— Vaudeville. 

Gayety — Tack La Mont's Oaiatf 
(burlesque). 

Empress — "Jazaland Revue" (bur- 
lesque). 

Alhambra — "Cohens and Kelleys.* 
Garden— "Outside the Law." 
Merrill— Ibanez's "Torrent" (3d 
week ). 

Strand— "The Harrier." 
Wisconsin— "Kiki." 



Sherman Prown (Davidson) an- 
nounces that in partnership, with 
the Htatler hotel and Daniel Froh- 
man interests a $4,000,000 theatre 
and hotel will bo >>ullt here, the the* 
atro to be a legit houne. 



Jacob Adler's only motion picture, 
"Tn Klght for Freedom." was shown 
one day (Sunday) at the Oar rick, 
direction of Paul Horwitz. 



Another $2,000,000 theatre and 
oilleo building project in Milwau- 
kee's southern residential district 
is planned by a South Bend (Ind.) 
Irrn. 



Morris Zeldln, former treasurer 
and manager for Fox at KrauM, Is 

In a loeal hospital reeovering from 
appendieitis. 



"Abies Irish Hose" repeata here 
at thf C.nrlrk May 7. On its last 
visit the Nichols show stayed IS 
weeks. 



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Orpheum here is a $3,000,000 
monurpent erected for the Orpheum 
Circuit by a number of local cap 
Italia ts. When this edifice was In 
the embryo it was planned to have 
It the best of its kind for enter- 
tainment purposes, both from the 
structural and interior standpoint 
as well as the stage. There is nu 
doubt that the promoters of the 
house have done their bit and well, 
but looks as though the circuit is 
not living up to its bargain of com- 
ing through with entertainment 
that merits a $1.65 tc.>. 

The show last week smacked very 
much of being a dedicatory to the 
inception of the Association (Chi- 
c .. > shows in the old Orpheum. 
now the Broadway Palace. Prob- 
ably the bookers wanted to raise 
the standard of this small time 
house by proving that its acis were 
one a par with the bigger house and 
that the customers were getting big 
value for 40 cents. 

If that was the purpose they suc- 
ceeded, as several acts on the bill 
last week at the Orpheum smacked 
very much of having graduated or 
been loaned from the Association's 
ranks. Possibly the Orpheum book- 
ers figured that the Hilton Sisters, 
"Siamese Twins," were enough to 
draw them In and satisfy. The au- 
dience did not calculate from the 
same dir.ctk . even thou?r!i the:- 
were not disappointed in seeing this 
freak novelty. The cash buyers 
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i.eeps up they will probably hie 
themselves to the old Orpheum and 
lake the potions handed out there 
for much less and call it a day 
ihen, again, there are other houses 
giving entertainment at one-thir*, 
the price, and they probably wih 
et trade, too, with the Orpheum 
working it. self Into the •groove" 
where it will have to compete with 
the three-a-day show houses. It 
that is the cose it will not be the 
lault of the Orpheums builders, 
who have constructed the bouse for 
picture purposes to make sure, but 
of the people back in the Palace 
building. New York. 

Bill started with the Gabberts, 
man and woman gymnasts, who 
submitted a ragged routine. Then 
came the Trado Twins, male, with 
an eccentric dance routine that can 
click anywhere. However, the boys 
seem to take their work too se- 
riously and perform It in a fashion 
that reminds one of a locomotive 
getting up steam. 

Jtenny Rubin for the second week 
explained "How It Happened," 
aided by May Usher and a mixed 
quartet of players. The Rubin act 
is a comedy wow, with Rubin well 
liked here, possibly more so than 
his vehicle, which is on the second 
lap. Eddy Brown, concert violinist, 
certainly handles his bow in mas- 
terful fashion interpreting the clas- 
sics. But Brown la not a salesman 
for vaudeville and does not get over 
his artistic endeavors as they 
should be. He has a competent 
male pianist, who has the task of 
announcing the numbers to be 
played. Brown should study etage 
deportment and selling mannerisms, 
and he will find himself sure fire in 
straight vaudeville or picture 
houses. 

Closing the first part were Flo 
Irwin and Co. In the George Ado 
farce of a decade ago, "Mrs. PecK- 
ham's Carouse." It deals with the 
temperance question of a decade 
ago in farcical form, with the wom- 
an tlrader falling into a trap which 
involves her and throws a most 
satirical light on the prohibition 
problem long before folks thought 
it would become a reality. There 
are a trio of male and one feminine 
in support. The woman was the 
only aid Miss Irwin had in the 
skit when It scored heavily at the 
Writers' Club recently. The other 
players added for the vaudeville 
tour are rather of mediocre acting 
ability. Miss Irwin plays very well 
and gets the high spots over. Her 
support could be strengthened to 
advantage if she contemplates pro- 
ceedings in the big houses, as other- 
wise the small time spots will have 
to be the place where the perform- 
ances must be given. Folks here 
liked the skit and others elsewhere 
will do likewise if it is brought 
into the 100 percent acting class. 

Hilton Sisters opened the second 
part after the audience was com- 
pelled to sit through Topics of the 
Day that were run to flickering pro- 
jection. * Might be a good idea for 
the management to correct this, es- 
pecially if they are preparing to run 
feature pictures one of these days. 
The Hiltons having been heavily 
advertised in advance delivered. 
The audience liked these two little 
personalities, appreciated their tal- 
ents whether singing, talking or 
dancing, and really considered them 
legit so far as entertainment was 
concerned. The Trado Twins, who 
appeared earlier on the bill, did a 
little dancing with the girls that 
went over well. 

Next to closing came Miiler and 
Mack, with their comedy talk, songs 
and hoofing. Just a push over for 
these boys In the right spot with 
their old sure-fire offering. Clos- 
ing were Roth and Drake, man and 
woman, on the Roman rings and 
aerlp.l apparatus. The man very 
much resembles Max Gordon, Or- 
pheum chief booker, but that 
cannot be held against him, as 
he is a corking good gymnast 
and sells his rttulT in a daring and 
thrilling manner which is bound to 
hold an audience until the last trick 
is accomplished, rather a hard task 
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(seven acts and three screen num- 
bers) 'Death Trail" Association 
(Chicago) vaudeville gum-shoed 
last week Into tenancy of the old 
Orpheum, retltled Broadway Pal 
ace. following Will King's musical 
"tab." 

Orpheum Circuit seemingly felt 
secure in turning over their former 
home to the unrelated King policy, 
never doubting but what the old 
gag, ' Don't bite the hand that feeds 
you" would hold good. Events 
proved, the "don't bite" stuff to be 
Greek as far as King was con- 
cerned. Not only did he "bite" into 
the Orpheum's State Lake policy 
baby, the Hill Street, to the tune 
of a third of their regular gross, 
but took a considerable nip at the 
cheaper section of Orpheum's new 
"gilt and tinsel" big time temple. 

Moral: Exit. Will King and his 
girl show! Enter, the Orpheum cir- 
cuit step-child, "Association" class 
four times dally vaudeville and pic- 
tures, with fair, crowd of curious 
on hand to see this first bill to 
come over the long, long trail. 

Mann Bros, were the first to greet 
the noonday curious, pleasing with 
their tight rope and ground acro- 
batics. 

Draper and Hendrie, black and 
tan mixed gender, grabbed the first 
laughs in "one" with an ordinary 
pre-nuptlal comedy argument, go- 
ing Into "two" for a minstrel first 
part sequence, during which the 
woman flashed a scoring cornet 
solo, which gave way to an off- 
stage bugle call "to arms" that 
built a nice dramatic "Old Black 
Joe" march off for the man. It 
registered for several bows. 

Catherine Redfield and Co., three- 
three aggregation, with nice blend 
of voices, staged a half dozen short 
operatic scenes, with the Madame 
Butterfly aria "One Fine Day" the 
highlight, as sung by the lyric so- 
prano, and the finish number the 
sextet medley ol opera airs clicking 
for a near tie-up which forced an 
encore. 

Charles F. Seamon followed, with 
his novelty musical props register- 
ing the bill's novelty hit The 
Scotch kilts and breakaway musket 
which give way to bagpipes, landed 
forte. His standby of years, the 
folding clothes hanger, proved a 
riot as a whistling finish. 

Blanche and Elliott, full stage 
dance team, were the let-down 
flashing an amateurish attempt at 
the tango, a man's single eccentric, 
girl's toe dance, and a double 
idagio, all passing quietly. 

Walmsley and Keating were a 
bill saver, with this sure-fire comic 
turning on the snickers on his en- 
trance and building from snicker to 
a good-sized panic of laughs as 
they flashed their two little black 
books for the gagglr.g song comedy 
finish. They versed themselves In- 
to several minutes of wows and a 
tearaway finish. 

"Making Movies on the Stage" 
closed, with the director, straight, 
guiding three audience plants 
through a rehearsal and shooting of 
an eternal triangle scene. It scored 
on its broad "hoke." For a finish, 
an announced making of a movie of 
the audience is used as a possible 
comeback draw of those anxious 
to see themselves on the sheet later 
in the week. 

This first "Death Trail" Orpheum 
step-child show, gives evidence of 
proving an ungrateful offspring, due 
to bargain B. O. icale and close 
proximity to the Hill Street, with 
its higher B. O. scale and sickening 
policy of repeat of big time acts. 

Waif. 



Pantagcs' last week's lay-out was 
such as to more than appease for 
the slipping of a notch with the 
previous week's fare. It held a 
"Jim Dandy" blen.dk of variety turns, 
with several clicking as show-stop- 
pers with the hard-boiled opening 
show Jury. 

Medlni Trio, unsupported ladder 
novelty, In the getaway spot, are 
another leaf in a well-deserved 
laurel headpiece of Tantages' for- 
eign booking connection. The cream 
of European novelty acts has pa- 
raded this big-small tour this sea- 
son. This two man and woman 
trio, perched a full dozen feet atop 
of unsupported ladders, offer a pro- 
gram of string music with a tone 
and selection which belied their 
precarious position, the backbend 
bridge of the woman top-mounter 
from the shoulders of men riding 
the tops of ladders had every pair 
of hands doing double duty at their 
finish. 

The deuce held a local colored 
quartet, consuming enough time 
dying a horrible death to allow for 
set of a following full stager. 

Lestes La Monte, female Imper- 
sonator, programed "A Novelty 
Surprise," made a transcontinental 
New York-to-coast leap to show his 
paper dress fashion parade. A lay- 
out of special numbers, nice ap- 
pearance, fair falsetto, a master 
piano accompanist and a flash color- 
ful dlHijlay of paper wardrobe moke 
of this youngster an "In" as far as 



these Intermediate houses are con 
cerned. Judicious program rear- 
rangement with something other 
than a pop song finish and the dis- 
carding of such obvious "a.sklng for 
It" as his mother bit encore will set 
him for both route and spot. 

Boyne and Leonard, with a cut- 
out ship deck scene drop '.n "one" 
for the licensing of a flimsy comedy- 
plot, clicked wholeheartedly, with 
Sunny Boyne's cute stuff still a 
standout among the cute ones. 
Leonard does a neat straight and 
has made of this new combination 
a nicer blend of teamwork than 
Miss Boyne's previous tie-up. 

Gibson Navigators lived up to the 
program copy. "Utah Co-eds of 
Versatility," with the eight Salt 
Lake Misses out-jazzing many a 
male "hot" mob. Nicely arranged 
program of the pop variety and a 
keen sense of solo ability makes 
this winsome aggregation a sure- 
fire show stopper for vaudeville, 
with picture house possibilities a 
cinch with any sort of exploitation. 

Paul Howard, a locally- booked 
next-to-shut, has been trouping the 
local small houses. With a likable 
personality and an ability to con- 
tort the human body out of all 
semblance to the real along with 
laughs grabbed while clowning his 
unnatural extraordinary postures, 
this youngster is a single novelty, 
only needing connections to play the 
best. 

Gus Hornbrook's Rodeo Revue 
cloflbd with a big compact display 
of "wild and wcoley" rodeo. Real 
bronco riders, the comedy of west- 
ern corral enlivening specialties 
and a varied assortment of west- 
ern roping, from a double lariat 
dance to a three-high pyramid 
build-up atop three horses for a 
giant swing rope closing, brought 
down the asbeatos to well-earned 
slapping. Walt. 



of service with tho Corlnne Griffith 
Productions. 

Ray Coftln will leave the Samuel 
Goldwyn fold also, after a little 
more than a year of labor, u> hook 
up with Hal Roach outfit. 



Dewey Leonard Johnson, billed as 
the "African Caruso," has been 
added to the "Blackbird Revue" al 
Lyman's Alabain' cafe in town hert* 
The colored tenor sings gran* 
opera. 

Due to the illness of Walter Henry 
Ruthwell, Sylvain Noack, concert* 
meister and assistant conducted, 
directed the Saturday and Sunday 
programs of the Philharmonic Or- 
chestra last week. 



Mrs. Abble Morton Jamison was 
elected president of the California 
Federation of Music Clubs at their 
convention at Santa Monica. 



"Nancy," the new Tom Wilkes 
musical, will open at the Mission, 
Long Beach, May 16. A week later 
It Is expected at the Mason, Los 
Angeles. The Irene Bordonl show 
was booked in for the MasoSi, but 
plans have been shifted so that It 
goes into the Blltmore. 



Florence Roberts will play in 
"Charm," John Kirkpatrick's com- 
edy, which opens at the Egan May 
10. Diane Esmonde, Harvey Steph- 
ens, Beulah Maldel Turner, James 
Bradbury, Jr., Marvel Quivey, Oscar 
Brlggs, Raymond Whlttaker, Leslie 
Gage, Gordon White, Wendell Wil- 
son and Gladys Heaney are in the 
cost. 



The Lyric, Monrovia, was pur- 
chased by a syndicate of San Fran- 
cisco capitalists who leased it to 
the National Theatres Company. 
$360,000 was involved in the deal. 
It plays pictures. 



Agnes Christine Johnson (Mrs. 
Frank Dazy), Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer scenario writer, Is expecting 
the stork in July. She has two 
children. 



The Gamut Club theatre building 
has been sold and will be torn 
down within a year to give way 
to an office building. At present. 



Construction has begun on the 
Hollywood Playhouse on Vine 
street, near Hollywood boulevard. 
The house will play legit attrac- 
tions. Ed. Rowland, formerly of 
Rowland and Clifford, Chicago, will 
be managing director. The theatre 
is being backed by 100 business men 
of the film city. 

Cinema Text Book, Inc., filed ar- 
ticles of incorporation with the sec- 
retary of state in Sacramento to 
use pictures as educational me- 
diums. Val C. Lane, Los Angeles, 
and E. J. Zerr and Frank Zerr of 
Glendale are directors. 



Charles Grapewin, author, ob- 
tained judgment in Superior Court 
from Tom Wilkes for $300, 25 
shares of Wilkes Amusement stock 
and the return of the manuscript 
of "All For You," musical produced 
by Wilkes, which was authored by 
Grapewin and the late George V. 
Hobart. 

Grapewin said he advanced 
Wilkes money and was to have a 
share In the profits of "White 
Cargo," which tho producer staged 
on the coast. He claimed to have 
loaned Wilkes $: 0.000 and was to 
receive the stock as bonus. 



Bernard Potter, Los Angeles at- 
torney, was elected president of the 
B. & H. Circuit, the corporation 
which owns the Forum, succeeding 
Dr. Breckendel. 



Two of the big comedy companies 
are getting new press agents this 
week. John LeRoy Johnston will 
replace Mary Hunt with the Mack 
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house is being used by the Pot- 

iiHr Art Theatre and as a rc- 
hall for various produc- 

tios*- 

t*ck Hoxle. Marguerite de la 
an d William Boyd have been 
*°J2ed for "The Lost Frontier." 
355 Metropolitan Pictures will 
wb T an* George B. Seitz direct. 



Ackerman and Harris have taken 
over the theatre and saved it from 
darkness. Ackerman & Harris as- 
Humed control last week, and are 
offering a straight picture policy at 
15c. top. The bills are to be changed 
four times a week. 



When Sam Katz was hero in- 
-J^lne the two local Publix 
252? Metropolitan and Million 
KiHar'he had an idea that expenses 
?hou*d be curtailed. After a sur- 
tlv be decided there were two sur- 
?ui press agents and a few clerks 
K the publicity department of the 

Louse also An extra offlce boy a ,t 
fffllillion- Dollar. They were all 
given thdr no tice. 

Tn the future John Loughborough, 
•nhliclty director of the house, will 
K the work for the Metropolitan 
JJrhislvely and supervise the work 
S thf MllHon Dollar, which will be 
Jindled by Me l Ridd le. 

Following a testimonial dinner 
»wen Ed. Rowland, managing di- 
Ector of the Hollywood Playhouse, 
by president* of all Hollywood or- 
nirisaUons, a number of screen 
Sore subscribed to stock in the 
new legit house. Among those who 
wjime shareholders in the theatre 
^ere William V. Mong. Koy Stew- 
art. Monte Blue, Joe Rock. Herbert 
Bawlinson, George Pawcett, Russell 
Simpson and Bryant Washburn. 
Edward Davis was toastmaster. 

Ground breaking ceremonies for 
the 1 100-seat house were held the 
morning after the dinner. The 
house will be controlled by Holly- 
wood screen people and business 
men. It will play drama exclu- 
sively. The site where construc- 
tion began is on Vine street, north 
of Hollywood boulevard. It will be 
completed before Nov. 1. 

Citizens of Culver City are circu- 
lating a petition asking for the re- 
call of Trustee Milton Gardner, 
general manager of Fred Thom- 
son Productions. Gardner was the 
only member of the old city board 
re-elected after the police shake-up 
here recently. He is charged with 
voting for unfit men for police 
posts and for the removal of Reve 
Houck, former police commissioner 
and now mayor of Culver City. 
Houck Is assistant production man- 
ager of Metro-Gold wyn-M^yer 
Studios in the same town. 



An eight year old child drawn by 
curiosity approat hed too near the 
cago of a huge bear used by Pun- 
tages here as a ballyhoo for the 
big "Indoor Circus," which made up 
the bill last week, and as a conse- 
quence the child was badly mauled 
and cut. She was taken to the 
Central Emergency Hospital and 
several stitches tak^n In her neck 
where the beast's claws ripped the 
flesh. The victim was Adelc Aigner, 
8, 368 Clipper street, this city. 



TOLEDO 



Empire — "Summer Follies" (bur- 
lesque stock). 

Loew's Valentino — "Lure of the 
Wild." 

Pantheon— "Mile. Modiste." 
Palace— "Volga Boatman." 
Princess— "That's My Baby." 
Temple — "Exquisite Sinner," Paul 
Ash presentation. 

Burlesque stock opened at the 
Empire this week with "Snappy 
Follies." Principals are Charles 
"Slim" Timblin, Lee Fraser, Walter 
Deering, Tom Meredith, Billy High- 
ley, Lew Howard, Olive DeClaire, 
Val Russell, Patsy Gilson, Angelus 
Lee, Kay Barclay. Harry M. Strou.se 
producing. 

"Ylskor," starring Maurice 
Schwartz, was given a single show- 
ing in the Auditorium theatre Sun- 
day night. 



James Bush, local juvenile, who 
Started with the Pasadena Com- 
munity Players, has been added to 
the Morosco stock. 



The Sixty Club will hold their last 
tance of the season on May 29. 

Eddie Hitchcock, staging the one- 
set plays at the Criterion (pictures), 
has signed Frederick Warde and 
Ruth Helen Davis for a week in 
"Restored to the Fold. 



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"The Music Master" will follow 
•She Walked in Her Sleep" at the 
Morosco. Otto Lederer will play 
the Warfield role. 



Jack Waverly, producing home 
talent revue for Business and Pro- 
fessional Woman's Club in Audi- 
torium here May 5-6. 

KANSAS CITY 

By WILL R. HUGHE8 

Orpheum — Vaudeville (Nan Hel- 
perin). 

Pantages — Vaudeville — pictures. 

Globe — Musical stock — pictures. 

Newman — "A .Social Celebrity" 
and "Garden Festival." 

Royal— "The Barrier." 

Liberty— "Without the Law." 

Mainstreet — Vaudeville — "Too 
Much Money" (film). 

The Palmer House (Chicago) 
Victorian Orchestra opened a sea- 
son's engagement at the Kansas 
City Athletic Club May 1. The 
club's roof garden will formally 
open for the summer May IS. 

The generosity of Schumann- 
Heink is well known, but this 
month will add new credits to her 
name. May 9 she donates her serv- 
ices in concert here, benefit Schu- 
mann-Hclnk chapter of the Dis- 
abled American Veterans of the 
World War. The following Sunday 
she sings again for the benelit of a 
fund to create a new auditorium 
for the Lindsburg, Kansas, chorus, 
whose "Messiah" performances 
have become world kno*.i. 



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Plans for about $76,000 worth of 
Improvements on the Fine Arts 
studio, space-leasing lot, have been 
perfected and construction will go 
under way immediately. A new 
administration building with 40 pri- 
vate offices and other rooms will be 
started at once. The old offices will 
be turned into dressing quarters for 
actors. 



Ah reported, "La Boheme" will 
follow "Stella ( Dallas" into the 
Forum. Negotiations have been 
completed by John Goring, manag- 
ing direetor. 



SAN FRANCISCO 

The George B. Barrie company, 
which has been presenting "Out- 
ward Bound" on tour through the 
■mailer towns of California with 
moderate success, presented th? 
Piece at the Playhouse in Berkeley 
(Cai.) i as t wee fc an< j drew a sur- 
prisingly large house. The play- 
ers gave a mediocre performance, 
■triving for laughs and neglecting 
utterly its spiritual quality. The 
outstanding Individual performance 
was that Oakley Hubbard as Mrs. 
Widget. Barton Yarborough as Tom 
1 nor, and Francis Josef Hlckson, 
** Henry, were better than average. 

Now that Henry Duffy has waved 
good-bye to the Casino and moved 
f?JJ musical comedy aggregation in 
Honey Girl"; over to his Alcazar, 



Through the realignment of the various departments in 
Variety, advertisements will be placed in the departments the sub- 
ject matter cans for. Advertisements intended for the Picture 
Section will be in that section ; Vaudeville advertising in the Vaude- 
ville Department; Legitimate announcements in the Legitimate 
Section, etc. 

No extra charge for position in the departments when the 
advertisements are placed according to the run of the paper in the 
respective sections. For any particular page or position requested 
an additional charge of 20% to the regular advertising rate will 
be made. 

Commercial and music advertising will be considered general 
business, placed as heretofore under and in Correspondence unless 
request is made for another placement, when the preferred position 
charge will again apply. 

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reading matter or Bills Next Week remains unchanged. 

An added value is given advertising in departmental sections. 
By this means the advertiser is brought immediately before the 
attention of the readers that may be mostly desired or attracted 
by the announcement. 

Advertisements placed by vaudevillians who may wish their 
announcements be placed in the Picture Section will be so located 
if request to that effect is made, or advertisements placed by picture 
people wanted in the Vaudeville Department will be accordingly 
located without extra charge. 



OMAHA 

By ARCHIE J. BALEY 

Closing of the Orpheum here was 
accompanied by special ceremony, 
for the house Is to be torn down to 
make way for a new house. It 
stood for 30 years, a legit before 
the Orpheum Circuit took it over in 
1898. 



Presentation of "Tramp, Tramp. 
Tramp," Harry I^anpdon's first fea- 
ture picture, here, is being boosted 
by big publicity on the fact that he 
was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 
Just across the river. 

-Klkl," Norma Talmadge's latent, 
ran at the Strand here for two 
weeks. 



The Rlalto (pictures) paid $1,200 
to a „0-plece high rchool band from 
Council Bluffs for a week s engage- 
ment as a presentation a\:t. 

OKLAHOMA CITY 

By GEORGE NOBLE 

The new Folly theatre, Hollis, 
Okla.. opens soon. The Rainbow 
theatre, Sulphur, Okla., has been 
purchased by Mel Brooks. Warner 
Bros, havo appointed Truly B 
Wildman, local branch manager 
The Rltz, Foss, Okla., has been pur- 
chased bv I* K. Scholthauer. Five 
reels of films were destroyed in pro- 
jection room of the Capitol here re- 




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opened by Griffith Bros., Oklahoma 
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handle, Parapa and Barger, Tex. 

R. A. Morrow, district P. D. C. 
manager. Is now assistant general 
sales manager for P. L>. C. at New- 
York City. 

New theatres will be opened by 
Guy Clark and Phil Isley at McAl- 
ester, Okla., soon. 

A new film bus line has been 
established between Oklahoma City 
and Muskogee, making a round trip 
dally and through following towns: 
McLoud, Shawnee/ Paden, Prague, 
Boley, Okemah. Henryetta, Morri- 
son and Boynton. 

The Dome theatre, Cyril, OkW, 
and the Liberty, Cheyenne, Okla., 
have closed. 

The following Oklahoma theatres 
have recently changed ownership: 
The Gem, Frederic!;. C. D. G reaver, 
sold to Edward J. Kadane; the Bell, 
Davidson. J. E. Bell sold to F. Gil- 
lum: Wollam theatre, Walters, J. A. 
Wallum sold to A. It. Patterson; 
Majestic, Allen. Tom iMley sold to 
J. Jackson; Lyric, Lybbock, Tex., 
McElroy to 11. T. Hodge; Fox the- 
atre. Higgins, Tex.. Judd to Oskar 
Korn; Uialto, Claude, Tex., Tate to 
John Wise. 

Three Okmulnee, Okla., theatres 
have been ai fee ted by recent 
changes in ownership, A. C. Stalcup 
now operates the Orpheum, and 
Barclay Morgan, the Hippodrome. 

SALT LAKE 

By GLEN PERRINS 

The Princess here recently 
changed hands and opened as the 
Forum Theatre, with G. L. Cloward, 
formerly district manager for 
Metro-Goldwyn Films, this city, 
manager. 

Victor Jory, Ralph Clonlngcr 
stock, has aono to California on a 
two weeks' leave to play the lead 
in the annual presentation there ol 
"Kamona." 

The Odeon (dance hall) closed 

last week after a successful season 

with Don Klrkham's band, it will 
be closed all summer. 

Herbert Gould, Chicago basso. 
"William T. Mitchell, tenor, are here 
for the "Faust" presentation by the 
Lucy Gates Grand Opora A.«>s"mm- 
tion, Salt Luke Theatre. May 6-7 -H. 

Mrrifv Sehurnann-IIelnk sinpn her< 
June 5 for Qi" henellt of thr Lin- 
able'] Anv-rican veterans. 

P;ip Lnl^-'s novest dance hall 



Is the Bluebird, management Lorin 
Farr, and will operate at 10-26 cents 
admission." The musical feature will 
be the Adolph Brox outfit 

PORTLAND, ORE. 

By 8AM H. COHEN 

Columbia— "Skinner's Dress Suit." 
Liberty — "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp." 
Rivoli— "Beverly of Oraustark." 
Majestio— "That Royle Girl." 
Blue Mouse— "The Sea Beast." 
Psntsgee— Vaudeville. 



Frank Clark, veteran stage and 
screen actor, Is appearing In pic- 
ture houses in this territory. 



George White's "Scandals" (road) 
plays lour days at the Hcilig 
May 6-8. 

Harry C. Arthur (North American 
Theatres, Inc.) has gone to Cali- 
fornia but will return to install 
policies In the newly-acquired 
houses. 



Another new picture house for 
Portland Is contemplated by Sid 
Grauman. according to report- 



ST. JOHN, N. B. 

By W. MoNULTY 

The Empress, Moncton, N. B., 
picture house, destroyed by fire to- 
gether with he Capitol, an adjoin- 
ing picture house. Is being rebuilt 
by Torrle ft Winter, proprietors. 
They will also rebuild the Capitol 
this summer. 



Clarke Sisters' Revue, musical 
tab, touring the eastern provinces, 
has the three Clarke sisters and 
Dick Hulne (comic) as principals. 



At the Strand. Sydney, N. S.. the 
Anal of a competition to determine 
the champion old-time fiddler of 
South Cape Breton was held. Pre- 
viously preliminary contests were 
held in picture houses in other 
centers of Cape Breton Island, in- 
cluding New Waterford, Glace Bay, 
Dominion. The prize was a trip to 
Boston and return. 



A semi-professional organization, 
The Dominoes, has been formed to 
; ta^e musical revues In Nova Sco- 
tia, chiefly in Halifax. 




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By HARDIE MEAKIN 

Belasco — Dark. 
National— "White Collurs"; next, 
"Thank U" (stock). 
PoliV Park. 
President — Dark. 

Wardman Park— "Weak Sisters" 
(stork, id week). 

Keith's —Straight vaudeville (Kutl. 
Ch.'ttterton). 

Earl* — Pop vaudeville, pictures 
(Danceland). 

Strand — Loew vaudeville, pictures. 
Dark. 

Gayety — Dark (Columbia). 
Mutual— Ruddling Kuties (Mu- 
tual); next, pictures. 

Picture* 

Columbia — "For Heaven's Sake" 
(3d week); next, "Tho Blind God- 
dess." 

Metropolitan — "Other Women's 
Husbands" and Gene Austin; next, 
Corinne Oritllth in "Mile. Modiste"' 
and i'.crnariio de l'are. 

Palace — "The Runaway"; next. 
Richard Dix in "Let's Get Married.' 

Rialto- -Fritzl SchefY and "The 
Gilded Butterfly" (planned for two 
weeks). 



houses on Saturday nij;ht at the 
Tlvoll, the current c-npaprment hav- 
ing run four wccl.s, making 18 
weeks in all that this orchestra has 
rotated in the Crandall picture 
houses. 



The Circus Fans of America, an 
organization of those liking tho cir- 
cus, are to meet here on May 10, 
coming fcom all parts of the coun- 
try. Following a banquet at Sam 
Steinberger's Arlington Hotel, the 
whole crowd will take In the Ring- 
ling- Barnum and Bailey Circus, 
playing here on that date. 



Meyer Davis has put J. W. Wood 
In charge, of Chevy Chase Lake. 
The two dancing pavilions will have 
tho Peck-Mills orchestra holding 
forth In one while a Meyer Davis 
unit with Ben Levlne and Ray Ken- 
drick, featured, will preside in the 
other. 



With the switching of LeRoy 
Sherman from the Savoy to the new 
Colony, Ashley Ahendechoin, for- 
merly assistant manager at the 
Metropolitan, was placed in charge 
of the Savoy. Nelson Smith, for- 
merly floor captain of the Metro- 
politan, was promoted to the va- 
cancy there. 



"Weak Sisters'* is being held over 
for a second week at Wardman 

Park. 



Waring's Pennsylvania^ com- 
pleted their stay in the Crandall 



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ATLANTIC CITY 

By VINCE 

A p o 1 1 o— "Great Temptations"; 
next, "Judge's Husband." 
Stanley— ' A Social Celebrity." 
Strand— "Borrowed Finery." 
Virginia— "The Road to Glory." 
Colonial— "Rainbow Riley." 
Capitol— "The Sea Roast." 
City Square— "The Golden Strain." 



Sam II. Harris opens his new pro- 
duction, "We Americans," at the 
Apollo theatre week May 17. Fol- 
lowed by George Arliss in "Old Eng- 
lish." 



Negotiations are now under way be- 
tween the Stanley Company and the 
Shuberts for the booking of several 
of their ensemble numbers from their 
last season's successes into the pic- 
ture houses for presentations. The 
booking would include the big en- 
semble chorus from "The Student 
Prince" and "Princess Fiavia," with 
a mixed ensemble from "Blossom 
Time," and a possibility of the male 
ensemble from "Pinafore" after its 
closing. There is also a possibility 
of several of the leading singers 
from these various companies being 
booked along with the ensembles to 
take care of the solo work. 



ST. LOUIS 

By LOU RUEBEL 

American — "Naughty Cinderella." 

Empress — "The Unseen Way" 
(stock). 

Orpheum — Vaudeville. 

8t. Louis— Vaude.. "The Little 
Irish Girl" (film). 

Grand Opera House — Vaude.. 
"Hearts and Fists" (film). 

Qarrick — "Stolen Sweets" (Mu- 
tual). 

Liberty — Burlesque stock. 
Shubert Rialto— "The Big Pa- 
rade." 

Missouri — "A Social Celebrity.* 
Loew'a State— "Brown of Har- 
vard." 

Kings and Rivoli— "Red Dice." 
Grand Central, West End Lyric 
and Capitol— "Mile. Modiste." 

101 Ranch show opens a five-day 
stand Wednesday. Frank Braden, 
in advance, has done some heavy 
paper plastering. 

The Dcvereaux Players will pay 
their annual visit Friday, Saturday 
and Sunday at the Artists* Guild In 
a repertory of Ibsen's plays. 

The American will close for the 
season aft*?r this week, re -opening 
In September with "Ben-Hur." "The 
Big Parade," current at the Shu- 
bert, Is in for an Indefinite run. 



NEW ORLEANS 

By O. M. 8AM U EL 

St. Charles — "Apple Sauco" 
(Si-enger Players). 

Crescent — "The Marcus Show." 

Strand — "For Heaven's Sake." 

Loew'a State — "Danco Madness." 

Liberty — "The Song and Dance 
M:»n." 

Tudor — "Made for L*>ve." 



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Negotiations are under way be- 
tween George Crouchor, of the 
Crescent, Newark, N. Y., and offi- 
cials of the Schine Theatrical Cor- 
poration, operating the Capitol the- 
atre, by which the Crescent may be 
leased to the Capitol. 



Rather drab entertainment at 
Loew'a State last week, with the 
returns not so large as during the 
preceding fortnight. The vaude- 
ville end contained little color, and 
the feature, "The New Klondike," 
was not a "rave" by any manner of 
means. The act section was par- 
ticularly remiss. 

Francis and Wilson meant very 
little at the start. The couple 
whiled away much time unneces- 
sarily, and when at last realizing 
their fol de rol was gaining little 
response, tried to recoup, but their 
late efforts were In vain. Ja Da 
Trio failed to pick them up. The 
boys certainly looked vigorous, and 
the sluggish tempo of their turn 
was in direct contras" to their ap- 
pearance, which fact militated 
against them. Again, the stufT pro- 
jected was ultra-conventional, the 
composite impression being only of 
three' boys in naval uniforms, which 
hardly makes an act. Beeman and 
Grace ran along as did the others. 
In "one," during the opening min- 
utes, they lost considerable. Get- 
ting into full stage for the skating 
found the people in front almost 
frigid. 

Carson and Willard. started well, 
but lost them midway. The old- 
timers emitted many wise cracks at 
the beginning, when they were 
really in high, but eventually were 
unable to locate the applause ac- 
celerator. Truly, vaudeville has a 
psychology all its own. "Fifty 
Miles from Boston" closed. It's an 
old act that has been called a lot 
of things. For quite a few years 
it was known as "Rubeville," then, 
as now. with Harry B. Wata« and 
Reg. B. Merville feat i red. The 
band is smaller and there are two 
new cigarette sign.8, but otherwise 
the act is the same. The locals 
sounded taps for it. 

The Orpheum's pictures have 
come to be a laugh along the Rialto. 
They are booked in Chicago by 
Asher Levy, who has absolutely no 
idea of what Orleanlans like or dis- 
like. The theatre has not had a 
film of drawing qualities in months, 
and most are so poor in content 
they actually lose patrons for ♦he 
house. Last week's feature, for In- 
stance, was "The Sap," with Ken- 
neth Harlan. That title is terrible, 
Mr. Levy. And Kenneth Harlan, 
Mr. Levy, might as well be Kenneth 
Jones or Kenneth Smith as far as 
the residents of this city are con- 
cerned. That may have been the 
reason, Mr. Levy, there were whole 
rows of empty seats at the Orpheum 
Monday evening of last wek. The 
vaudeville could not be blamed. 

Fred and Daisy Rial opened, run- 
ning to the usual In athletic fare. 
They bowed off graciously. Green 
and Lafell were something of a 
"snag." At first It was "thumbs 
down" for the duo, but as the man 
submitted neat clowning at • the 
piano, the few that were in 
"warmed" perceptibly. Clayton and 
Lennie stood out cameo- like, in a 
real vaudeville act, with the locale 
a soda shop In Piccadilly. One of 
the boys does an Englishman, re- 
markable in concept and the nice- 
ties of delineating 3rltlsh humor, 
while the other aids and abets in 
splendid fashion. The best two- 
man act around in a year, and they 
were the hit of the show without 
question of doubt. 

Harry Kahane is doing something 
with the idea he borrowed from 
Kajiyama. He has "plushed" it up 
for regal scenic effect and is dis- 
playing showmanship in several 
way. What bows! Those bends 
would have done credit to John 
Barrymore. They liked Harry. 
Kenton and Fields, from whom 
much was expected, fell by the 
wayside In the next-to-closing 
position. TheJLt.flop seemed to stun 
them. John Barry clowned his way 
Into the affections of the crowd at 
the end with foolery of a different 
sort. 



Sparks Brothers' Circus is billed 
into Hornell May 28; John Robin- 
son's at Seneca Falls, June 12; 101 
Ranch at Oswego, July 21. 



Another year will And Rochester 
the center for high-class singing 
acts for picture houses and vaude- 
ville, according to Arthur T. Kelly, 
publicity director of the Eastman 
School of Music and the Eastman 
theatre. "Dixie Melodies" (reviewed 
under Presentations) is the first to 
be sent out with the sanction of 
the Eastman organization. Because 
of the necessity of keeping the per- 
sonnel in Rochester it has been con- 
sidered inadvisable to send out acts 
this year, but this will be taken care 
of before the year is out, according 
to Mr. Kelly. Fifteen picture house 
owners from surrounding towns 
looked over 14 singing acta from 
the Eastman at the Regent, Thurs- 
day morning. These acts ar«* not 
available for booking outside of the 
vicinity, most .of them filling in over 
the week ends only. The Eastman 
studios are equipped to turn out 
complete acts, with their own props 
and directors. William J. Callahan 
is handling the booking end. 



SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

By CHESTER B. BAHN 
Wieting — Frank Wilcox stock in 

"The Fall Guy." 

Savoy — "Song Box Revue" and 

"Shadow of the Law/ 

Eckel— "Girl from Montmartre." 

week. 

8trand — "Vanishing American." 
week 

Empire— "That's My Baby," week. 
Harvard— "Mike." 
Regent — "Memory Lane." 
Swan — "Cowboy and Countess." 
Crescent — "Peacock Feathers." 



Helen Dupont, colorologlst, known 
In the lecture field, has been booked 
for 16 weeks over the Pan time as 
"The Mystic Vibra." She recently 
tried out the act here at the Cres- 
cent, picture house. 



After 40 years in the newspaper 
field as editor and publisher of the 
Brockport "Democrat," P. J. Wilson 
haa purchased the State theatre, 
Owego. He will operate the theatre 
personally. 



SEATTLE 

By DAVE TREPP 
President— "My Son" (stock). 
Strand — "Sea Horses." 
Columbia— "Outside the Law." 
Liberty— "Mike." 

Coloseum — "The Song and Dance 
Man." 

Blue Mouse — "The Cave Man." 



The annual Apple Blossom festi- 
val at Wenatchee, always a state- 
wide attraction, opened April 29. 

Definite announcement had been 
made that the new Orpheum the- 
atre will be built forthwith. There 
has been some delay in adjusting 
title to the ground where the build- 
ing will be erected, near Times 
Square. This is several blocks from 
the main theatre center, and like- 
wise several blocks from the new 
DeMUle house now being built, as 
well as the recently announced Par- 
amount theatre. 



MADGE KIRBY 

Widow of Mnurlre Drown Klrby, pub- 
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By H. D. SANDER80N 

Lyceum— "Big Parade." 

Corinthian — "Smilea and Kisses" 
(Mutual). 

Gayety— Dark (Columbia). 

Eastman — 'Wanderer." 

Piccadilly— "Girl front Mont- 
martre." 

Regent— "New Klondike." 

Temple— (K-A), dark. 



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Mutual burlesque closes here with 
current week. No announcement 
regarding possibility of summer 
stock burlesque. 



A "pre-Broadway showing" of 
Zoo Atkins's newest, "Pardon My 
Glove," with Louis Walhelm in tho 
lead, will „open the summer ntook 
at the Lyceum week May 17. Chl'-f 
feminino role will go to Rosamond 
TMnchot. who alternated with Lady 
Diana Manners as tho madonna in 
"The Miracle." Philip Mori vale and 
Ann Andrews will have the othor 
leads. The supporting cast ln- 



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Majestic — "Scandal," McGarrr 
Players: "13th Chair" next. 7 

Teck — "Daughter of r sU 
O'Grady." 316 

Buffalo — "Infatuation" (nim) 

Hip— "Beautiful City" (fllm).' 

Loew'a — "Beverly of Graustark* 
(fllm). 

Lafayette — "Heart of Siren* 
(film). 

Gayety (Columbia) — Stone and 
Pillard. a 

Garden (Mutual) — "Whiz Ban* 
Revue." * 



Rumors are current that Shea's 
Court Street (K-A), closed for the 
season Sunday, is to be taken over 
as a legitimate house by the Shu- 
berts. It is also stated the Teck. 
which previously housed the Shu- 
bert attractions, will go into the 
presentation of big picture features 
Bad business this season for the 
latter house, which Is situated well 
uptown, and also the flop of big- 
time vaudeville this season at the 
Court Street, would seem to .nake 
credible the report The Court 
Street Is In close proximity with 
the new Statler theatre which is 
being built for Erlanger. 

No confirmation of the report 
could be had, despite the fact ihat 
the Buffalo "Times" ran the story 
as a certainty. The Shea represen. 
tatives here stated that no confir- 
mation of the report was in order. 
The Shea people are known to be 
auxlous to dispose of the Court 
street real estate. 



The Gayety (Columbia burlesque) 
closes Saturday. House has been 
a consistent money getter all sea- 
son, with Manager Perry's theatre 
reporting to be one of the best along 
the Columbia circuit. 



Variety's exclusive story on the 
Shea-Publix controversy on names 
versus presentations was widely re- 
printed in the Buffalo newspapers. 



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By HAL CRAM 

Strand — "Let's Get Married" 
JHerlihy Festival Dancers) (1st 
naif; -That's My Baby*' (2d half). 
Alley " ~~ Vaudcvl,le : "Hogan's 

Ernpj Pe _.. The B]lnd Cl0ddeS8 » 

tim— "Cohens and Kellys." 

J«nerion--"Some Baby" (stock). 

Portland— "Red Kimono," 



As a special feature at the Strand 
this week the Herlihy Festival 
Dancers (12) are presenting the 
"Blue Danube" Ballet, also "What's 
Your Hurry." 

MONTREAL 

Princess— The Gorilla." 
His Majesty's— Three Bags Full, 
the Dumbell. 

Imperial — Vaudeville, "Memory 

Lane." 

Am Herat — Vaudev ille. 

Francais— Vaudeville, pictures. 

Palace — "What Happened to 
Jones." 

Capitol— "Kiki." 

Strand— 'The Dixie Merchant. 

Montreal's newest amateur dra 
matic society, the St. James Play- 
ers, made its first production Tucs 
day night with "Rosalind." 

An international fiddlers' contest 
will be held at Ottawa, Ontario, 
the last week of May open to ama- 
teur fiddlers from Canada and the 
United States. All contestants 
must be at least 60 years old. Ihe 
Auditorium, seating 7,000, has been 
leased by Louis H. Tasse, Ot- 
tawa, for the contest. 

A quartet of singers from the 
Metropolitan Opera, including Flor- 
ence Easton, Jeanne Gordon, Kd- 
ward Johnson and Kdmund Burke, 
appear at the Rotary Club's con- 
cert at the Forum, May 1!; Wilfrid 
Pelletler, conductor and pianist. 

BALTIMORE 

By BRAWBROOK 

Baltimore musicians will stai-'o a 
testimonial concert to Hobart 
Smock at the Lyric on May L'O. 
Smock has been prominent In the 
music field here for many years. 
At one time he was on the stoge in 
"The Prince of Pilsen." 



Work has atarted transforming 



Gustav Klemm, conductor of Ra- 
dio Station WBAL's Sunday Twi- 
light Orchestra, has arranged with 
Witmnrk for the publication of his 
spiritual, "I Feel That My Time." 
This is the third spiritual by 
Klemm taken by that house. 

The Identity of "LefflngweTl Pratt" 
mvsterloiis dramatic critic of the 

"Observe r," is still undetermined, but 
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last week. Edna Rawls, music and 
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previous to the general let-out on 
that paper, was previously regarded 
us a Pratt possibility. Soon after 
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the Hearst paper, she married and 
left the city. The following Satur- 
day the Pratt column was missing 
from the weekly 'Observer." Miss 
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mooning and the Prntt column Is 
still out. Last Saturday the "Ob- 
server" referred to the "Illness" of 
"Lclnngwell Pratt." 

CLEVELAND, O. 

By C. S. GREGG 

Ohio— "Desire Under the Elms'' 

(3d week). 

Palace— Vaudeville. 

Hanna— "The llig Parade." 

Keith's E. 105th St.— Vaudeville; 
"Red Dice." 

Reade's Hippodrome— Vaudeville; 

-Red Dice." 

Loew'a 8tate— Vaudeville; "The 

Dancer of Pi-ris." 

Empire— Frank Cummlngs' "Pol- 
lies," Robinson's Kit* Serenaders 

and Lulu. , 

Loew'a Allen — Olga Petrova, in 
presentation, and "Old Loves for 
New " 

Loew'a Stillman— "Stella Dallas' 
( 3 (\ w c o k ) 

Loew's Park and Mall— "Partners 

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Loew's Cameo — "For Heaven s 
Sake" (5th week). 

Circle — Pan tapes vaudc; 'Why 
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Spec la le here. 
September. . 



Speclalc returns In 



"For Heaven's Sake" (Harold 
Lloyd) Is having longest run of any 
movie here this year. At Lo«*w's 
Cameo the film is in its fifth week. 



The second annual show of the 
Cleveland Magicians' Club was 
given here this week. 



The 62-plece band of Al Koran 
Shrine of Cleveland appears In con- 
cert in Masorii'.' Auditorium. M • •>' 
30. The concert, direction of R. 1> 
Gilllland. occurs just before de- 
parture for the Shrino convention 
in Philadelphia. 



The Circle < Pantnges) Inaugu- 
rates a n*»w policy thin week, here 
after starting the now show Sun 
days instead of Saturdays. 

The winter season for road shov. >■ 
In the Hiiiina terminate. 1 with the 
performance of Thurston. The 
playhouse, inaugurating Its sum- 
mer policy, ha* "The Pit? Parade" 
at $2. Thurston's final perform- 
ance in the Hanna likewise was his 
final one for thu season. 

MINNEAPOLIS 

Metropolitan — "Rain" (Jeanne 
Eagel.s). 

Shubert — "Applesauce" (Baln- 
bridge Players). 

Palace — "A Pair of Sixes" (Mc- 
Call-Prldge Players). 

Gayety — "Spring Follies" (Jack 
I.a Mont Co.). 

Henncpin-Orpheum -- Vaudrvillo- 
pict urrs. 

Pantages Vaudev ille -pictures. 

Seventh Street- - Vaudeville- pic- 
tures. 

State — ' The Untamed l>ady." 
Garrick- "His People." 
Strand "The Greater Clorv." 
Lyric- "Mi^s P.rcwster's Mllllonp." 
Astorl-"Tony Huns Wild." 



8top at the 

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permanently with the company. The 
show went to Petrol* and then into 
Chi< ago for nn indefinite- stay at 
the Studehnker. 



PITTSBURGH 

By JACK A. SIMONS 

Shubert Alvin — "The Student 
Prince" (3d week). 

Shubert- Pitt 'The Pig Parade" 
(8t'n week). 

Davis —Vaudeville. 

Academy -"Her C-an«" (Mutual). 

Harris - Vaudeville. 

Sheridan Square — Vaud'-ville. 

Loew's Aldine— "The Uanier." 

8trte - "The .Night Cry." 

Grand— .Mile. Modiste." 

Olympic The Runaway." 



Poth the N'lxon and Gayety thea- 
tres closed t!:eir regular seasons last 
| Saturday ni>;ht, the Nixon parking: 
ti.eni In "olldly for every p'-rfjrm- 
anuo of the San Carlo Grand Opera 
Co. The Nixon h is bc< n leased for 
• he greater part of the summer sea- 
son for amateur productions. 



Mike Speclale and recording mu- 
sicians, who came here hujft March 
to the nnmhoo Gardens, return to 
New York June 1 for the summer 
Emerson Gill and orchestra replace 



The "Trilu.ne" commended "lli'nz" 
P.alnbrMgo in its editorial cdumns 
for putting on an Ibsen ye., son. and i 
iire-e<l f he;, * •-• ;'o< rs to gi ve it tin- 
proper .Vllpp'O t. 

Pr In!.: idre i t <r< >\ a big a lvei»iy- 
Ing i:aii)pa i;-n <>u Iie en 'j "Th' Wild 
Willi I'.l.-ir. o" V-irk i as a 
rue«L star. ll> ran 1-irge di^fiav 
afls. ser;t e,ut thousand.-, of l-attrs 
arid had lecturer - a'!d-ev M va-iour-- 
org:; rn/st lorn find sp'-ak ov« r the 
ra'Mo II. follows "The Wild l)\i< 
Witii "He.ida Cnb'.er." 



T>orett-i Shea. l«»cai university girl. 
wh-> r<i ,, ' , ' n d P.'iline .Irnnlntrs wiri 
W'.ilker \\hiies:fle in ' T'ne .\rabian" 
wlien Miss Jc-nninirs look ill, remains song of the organization. 



Kin Tin-Tin. Warners' fanous 
dog s. r< • -l aefi.r, i; appearing this 
week at tae .^a.e Tr.-atr^ In con- 
i e< h.,n with ti;e sn. wimr of his 
! i?e;t pic'ure, "Tiie l a- Cry." 

Charlea R. TV«krr hafl been en- 
cageft m h'j-ineys rvn.'.ger for Cha- 
( i - r y » i n and his grnnd opera company, 
■Ahif-h wll' make a. co • ♦ - t^-coast 
rour in '"J he P.arber of Seville." 

Mrs. F. F Pohrti-. !•.< al '-om poser. 
wa^» lionored at I'M.i.idelphi.i last 
we< k In the final session of the 
three-day convention of the Penn- 
svlvania Fedrratlon of Musical 
j< ; '<^'\ r-.-r f-n h' r rr.T-h. "Por.n-yl- 
1 vanis." was selected tm the ottlcial 



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VOL. LXXXH. No. 13 



NEW YORK CITY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1926 



64 PAGES 



THEATRES 

"ABIE'S IRISH ROSE" STH YEAR; 
EVERY RUN RECORD TAKEN 





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4th Year Ends May 22 — No Prediction Possible at 
End of Unprecedented Consecutive Engagement 
on Broadway — " Abie's Children' 9 as Sequel 



"Abto'ft Irish Rose," with every 
record for non -musical plays 
te bar cap, establishes a new mark 
IS theatrical history when Satur- 
day of next week Anne Nichols' 
world's champion comedy enters a 
fifth year on Broadway at the Ilc- 
pnbltc. "Abie" is technically in the 

(Continued on page 38) 



OVER $160,000 SUNK 
Di TWIN OAKS FLOP 



B'way's Elaborate Cellar Cab- 
aret in Receivership— 48 
"Founders" Lost $3,500 



With "too many bosses," a com- 
fjon complaint from the perform- 
ers and musicians at the Twin 
Oaks restaurant, in the basement 
tt 1610 Broadway, New York, cor- 
nering 48th street, the place has 
tun into business difficulties and is 
la receivership. It suspended sud- 
denly last week. 

The room was founded by 48 In- 
vestors with $2,500 each, from re- 
Ports, including II. H. Frazee. Col. 
Jacob Ruppert, one of the Ward 
^a<in»r people, and others. A. Air. 
Zelcer who runs the White Horse 
Tavern on 45th street, opposite the 
Piccadilly- Rendezvous where the 
White Horse people were formerly 
•JBMated, was also chief executivo 

(Continued on page 62) 



RADIO FAN LETTERS 
FALL DOWN 75°, 



Gratis Entertainers Expecting 
Glory Get Little of It- 
Spring Laziness 



LEAGUE OF NATIONS 
PICTURE CONGRESS 



P:tris, May 7. 
An International convention of 
the moving picture industry is be- 
Jn* organized in Paris, Kept. 27- 
Oct 3, by the International Insti- 
tute of Intellectual Co-operation, 
under the auspices of the League of 
•Nations. 

Fred CorneliHsen, Institut Inter- 
national de Co-operation Intelloc- 
juollede la Socicte des Nations, 2 
** u « de Montpensier, Taris, is the 
Organising secretary, who will on 
application mail printed details as 
■°°n as published. 

Tne of pictures in education 
w »l be an Important item to be 
■tua.ed by the Congress. l,wt all snb- 
j^ts pertaining to the industry will 

u SCUS ' SO(1 by various committers 
10 be formed later. 



Fan mail to radio entertainers 
has dropped off 76 per cent these 
balmy days, with the result the 
gratia performer is somewhat dls 

appointed. 

Some looked upon It as a serious 
indication of their fall from public 
grace as popular entertainers, but 
when the general apathy toward 
writing the entertainers became 
known it was dismissed as natural 
spring laziness. 

Broadcasting officials are phased 
by this turn. Insistent calls for 
public response to the acts, to "let 
them know how they pleased" Is 
propaganda to stimulate and main- 
tain interest from the free talent, 
that has but tho glory as a reward. 




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3% Remaining Include 1 ! 
Legit, Straight Vaudeville 
and Burlesque — Not 100 
Picture Houses in This 
Country Charging Above 
85c. Top Admission — Lit- 
tle Building Nowadays for 
Anything but Films — All 
Theatrical Managers Are 
Dubious About Future in 
Raging Picture Craze 



PICTURES 

CHINESE RESTAURANT ON B WAY 
DOING $25,000 WEEKLY TRADE 



Insight on Chinese Operation — Many Failed Amer- 
ican-Managed Restaurants in New York Turned 

Into Winners by Chinamen — Low Food Cost 

— — *. 



FIELDS FOUND SUMMONS 
LYING ON HIS CHEST 



20,000 THEATRES 



Airdomes About Through; 
Several Good Reasons 



The outdoor picture places in 
and around New ^ork will not be 
numerous this summer. It's due 
to the increase in building, in- 
stallation of cooling plants In the 
regular film houses and the pass- 
ing of many "airdomes" through 
other interests acquiring the sites. 

Not many summers ago one could 
find an outdoor picture show on al- 
most every coiner in the residential 
districts. A few are still getting 
primed for warm weather, hut 
proximity to the bigger houses 
with the "cooler than the street" 
slogans and tied -up 111m services 
are exported to eventually eliminate 
them. 



Of tha estimated 20,000 theatres 
in this country 97 per cent are de- 
voted to pictures to a greater or 
minor extent. The remaining 3 per 
cent, are wholly divorced from the 
films. The latter comprise the le- 
gitimate, straight vaudeville and 
burlesque theatres. 

In the estimate of 20.000 theatres 
are Included 17,000 houses admit- 
tedly for pictures, 2,500 playing a 
combination entertainment policy in 

(Continued on page 14) 



Longest Boardwalk 

At Coney Island work Is under 
way to extend the board walk to 
Manhattan Beach. Coney claims it 
will then be the world's longest 
hoard w." Ik. 

There has been a decided increase 
for walk space, with the majority 
running to something in the eats or 
soft drink line. 



Comedian Served in Bed at 
Home in $150,000 Contract 
Breach Action 



W. C. Fields, the comedian, now 
making pictures for Famous Play- 
ers-Lasky Corp., woke up the other 
morning at his Bayslda, L. I., home 
and found a summons in a $1(0.000 
suit pinned on his chest like a Illy, 
as a final and, this time, successful 
effort by O'Brien, Malevlnsky * 
Driscoll, Charles Walton's lawyers, 
(Continued on page 58) 



▲ Chinese restaurant on Broad- 
way doing $100,000 gross business 
monthly, with 5Gc. lunch, $1.50 din- 
ner and cabaret, without couvert 
charge. 

Vaguely, the American cabaret 
and restaurant men, particularly in 
New York, have been decrying the 

(Continued on page 29) 



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Elephants by Express 

Monmouth, 111.. May 11. 

RobNns IIi-os. circus oIlleiulH wore 
out several pencils In the American 
Express company nihYe here trying 
to figure transportation f<>r a couple 
of untrained elephants, shipped 
from New Orleans to Join the show 
on Its western Illinois itinerary. 

The animals are reputed to have 
cost $G.O0O: e X ;ne.ss bill bctv. . - n 
$000 and $1,000. 



Marion Davies* "Miracle 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Marlon JJavies wants it known 
that she ha* purchased "The Mir- 
acle" for pictures and that when It 
goes into production she will play 
the role created on the stage by 
I^ady Diana Manners, that of the 
N'un. 



Absent-Minded 'Legger 

A bootlegger hacking one of 
the- Uroadway shows Is pick- 
ing up most of his knowledge 
of the show business hanging 
around the box office. 

H*> was inside the other 
afternoon, when a woman 
walked up, saying, "I want 
two. How much ?" 

'With the bootlegger answer- 
ing : 

••$."»5 a oas*?." 



DeWolf Hopper's Debut; 
Radio Paying Him 



DeWolf Hopper Joins the ranks 
of the commercial radio adver- 
tisers as a paid artist via WEAF 
with the Kveready Carbon Co.'s 
weekly program, starting May 18. 

This marks Hopper's debut on 
the radio. 



Bucky Harris Marrying 
Miss Sutherland of W. Vsu 

Washington, May 11. 

It Is well authenticated here that 

Bucky (Stanley) Harris, manager 

of the champion Washington base- 
hall team, is to wed the daughw r 
of former U. H. Senator Sutherland 
of West Virginia. 

Senator Sutherland in the prosent 
Alien I'roperty Custodian. 



NON-EQUITY CAST FOR 
TRENCH MODE' SHOW 



Revival with 45 People— Pay- 
ing Off Weekly with Cer- 
tified Checks 



"The French Model" running for 
a single performance at the Cort, 
New York, last season is to be re- 
vived and spotted at the Frolic, New 
York, after a preliminary week at 
the Metropolis, Bronx, May 17. The 
cast will be 100 per cent non-Equity, 
making the first non-Equity musical 
coming into Broadway sines th« 
actor-managers strike six years ago. 

Alc*na.ndra Baccarl, author-spon- 
sor of the piece has rounded up a 
(Continued on page 51) 



IN $1,000 CONTRACTED 
SALARY UP TO $5,1 



Musical "3 Weeks" 

Elinor Glyn's "Three Weeks" will 
be converted Into an operetta with 
ncore by Rudolf Frlml and produced 
In San Francisco in August. The 
librettl.it and lyricist have not been 
decided upon. 

Tho production will be financed 
by a f'nllfornia wyndicatn with lt"'cs 
M »Mey in charge. The company 
will he a- -' fiihled in New Y<.rk and 
taken to Crilif'.rnla for rehear -a'.y. 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

A four-year agreement was mada 
between Jean Hersholt and Uni- 
versal, after ths character actor 
threatened to break his contract 
HerMholt complained he had to bat- 
tle to get the right stories and rec- 
ognition and that he wan getting 
$1,000 a week from Universal who 
were farming him out for as high 
as $3,500. 

By tho terms of the new agree- 
ment, UerHholt will get $3,000 
weekly for the first year, $3.5u0 
during the next and on a sliding; 
hc.iIo up to $5,000 for »even days. 



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AUSTRALIA 



Sydney, Aprtl 14. 
All managements reported great 
business during the Easter season, 
which lasted about two weeks. The 
city Is now gett'ng back to normal 
since the departure of country folk, 
who, owing to a splendid harvest, 
came to the city "rarin' to go." 



Two shows will leave town this 
Week for a tour of other states. 
Both have enjoyed remarkable 
runs. Thov are "Kaija" and "Give 
and Take." 



Pavlowa opens her season here 
April 17 at Her Majesty's under the 
"Wllliameon-Tait management. 

•"White Cargo" is still doing busi- 
ness at the Royal. The show has 
broken box-office records. Leon 
Gordon Is the star. 



Nellie Bramley and company, 
playinr; a musical version of ''Uncle 
Tom's Cabin ' at the Grand O. H., 
are doing nicely. 



TYirth's Circus is here and doing 
very good business. The show is 
about the same as last year. 



"The Iron Horse" is still at the 
Prince Kdward. Special morning 
matinees had to be given. 



•The Phantom of the Opera" is 
stfll featured at the Crystal Palace 
vnder Union TheatreB direction. 



"No, No, Nanette" is playing to 
absolute' capacity at the St. James 
under Fuller-Ward maagement. 



A very good bill at the Tivoll 
Is doing capacity. Bob Albright is 
ploying a return season and got 
across; Niobe, making first ap- 
pearance, created great Interest 
with her feats under water; Gau- 
tler's Bricklayers, dog act, very 
good; June Mills and Will Innes 
passed; Reeder and Armstrong, 
piano act, hit; Fluvio, balancing, 
nice. Great Interest was created in 
the first appearance on the stage 
of the champion woodchoppers of 
Australia. Act Is a novelty. 



Good business is being done at 
Fuller's with the Jim Gerald n vue 
and Veterans of Variety, a company 
•f old time English stars. 



The most Important opening" of 
the month was "Polly With A Past," 
Renee Kelly featured. Scored hit 
due to personality of the star. 
Splendid compay in support Includ- 
ing Tony Holies, George Barruad, 
Paul Plunkett and Dorothy Fane. 
Willlamson-Talt have given piece 
a new mounting. 



Melbourne 

Pavlowa Is finishing her remark- 
able season at His Majesty's under 
Willlamson-Talt direction. 



$25,000 DEPOSITED FOR 
MII1S CO. PROTECTION 



Lew Leslie has completed final 
arrangements for the Paris appear- 
ance of Florence Mills and the 
"Blackbirds" company. The com- 
pany will sail for France Saturday. 
Guarantees were posted by the 
management of the Ambassador 
theatre. Parts, with the American 
Express in that city. 

A sum of $26,000 was deposited 
In Leslie's name at the express of- 
fice. That money covers transpor- 
tation both ways, the company's 
faros being about $6,000 and two 
weeks' salaries. 

The Paris booking of Miss Mills 
and the colored revue was made by 
William Morris. The engagement Is 
for four weeks, with an extension 
optional. 

It will be Miss Mills' debut In 
France. She appeared in London 
two years ago and the "Blackbirds" 
may play there following the Paris 
engagement. 



Deaths Abroad 

Adolphe Loyer, 73 French jour- 
nalist. 

Mms Darmaine, French vaudeville 
singer (Sarah Dunham el). 

Paul Moncousin, French play- 
wright. 

Eugene Bourtfeau, 7$, organist 
and professor at Paris conservatoire 
of music, died at Levallols-Perret. 

Florence Este, 6$, American land- 
scape painter, died suddenly in 
Paris, April 26. 



PARIS POPULATION 

Paris, May 2. 

The population of this city, ac- 
cording to the latest census; Is 
2,838.416, a decrease of over 25.000 
compared with the census of 1921. 

This is accounted for by the 
number of people settling in the 
suburbs, the foregoing figures 
counting only those within the walls 
of the city. 



Bell, Four Karteys, Dollle and Bll- 
lle, Franksy, Bruce Green, Katrlna 
and Joan. 




FRANK VAN HOVEN was his 

usual comedy sensation at Keith's 
Capitol, Union Hill, Monday, Tues- 
day and Wednesday. Off now for 
the Davis, Pittsburgh, where they 
will laff and la IT and laff. 
This fellow FRANK VAN HOVEN 
takes all slaps and likes them be- 
cause each one makes him bigger. 
It's only the weak that give in. 
FRANK VAN HOVEN has been 
given credit for giving In lots of 
times but such a thing coming from 
an offspring of the Barry family Is 
too silly for words. And his father 
THEODORE VAN HOVEN, who 
married the IRI8H lass, was bom in 
Amsterdam, Holland. 

Direction EDWARD 3. KELLER. 

FRANK VAN HOVEN 



Cancellation — Lawsuit 

London, May 11. 
"Whispering* Smith may have 
invited lawsuits through failing to 
open Monday at the Coliseum 
(vaudeville). JncU Henschel, the 
agent, who booked Smith, may sue; 
ai*o the Stoll office**, operating the 
theatre. 

Henschel has an agreement from 
one Kemp, who claims to have 
booked Smith in America, authoriz- 
ing Henschel to play him hwra. 

Smith repudiates the agreement, 
saying he holds an exclusive play- 
ing contract with Prince's restau- 
rant. 

Smith admits be is due to appear 
at the Victoria Palace week of 
May 24. 



WHAT LONDON LOOKS LIKE 

By HANNEN SWAFFER 



London's Fakir Rsce 



London, April 10. 



"Mercenary Mary" has opened at 
the Princefls (Fuller- Ward manage- 
ment). Although not in the same 
class as "Nanette," the critics spoke 
well of it. Cast Includes Mai Bacon, 
Jock Morrison, Flo Hunter, Tony 
O'Brien, Eddie Jaye, Phil Phillips, 
and Kdith and Dick Barstow. Pro- 
duced by Eddie Jaye and Harry 
Ball. 



"The Nervous Wreck" opened at 
the PuIhco under Frank Neil man- 
agement In conjunction with Fuller- 
Ward. 



"Lilac Time" (Blossom Time) is 
flnlfthing a great run at the Royal 
with Harriet Bennett and Claude 
Flemming. Show will be followed 
by Guy Bates Post in "The Bad 
Man." Both attractions under 
Williamson- Tait management. 



"Quality Street" is being pre 
•en ted by Dion Boucicault at the 
Kings. Will be followed by "The 
Admirable Crichton." Players are 
Angela Braddloy, Mary Jerrold, 
Violet Sterne, Betty Schuster, Brian 
Aherne, Rupert Ilarben, Sara Dart 
rey, Mary MaciJregor. Norman 
Wacowan, Joan Radford, Ronald 
Ward, Stephen Thomas. Wllliam- 
■on-Tait management. 

"The Sport of Kings" Is at the 
Athenaeum and "The Wanderer" 
(picture) showing at the Capitol. 



Playing the Bijou are Irvlngs 
Midgets, Grace and Keats, Romano 
Brothers, Four Kcllys, Murfaync, 
Huntings and Barclay. 



Notes 

Toung Ben Fuller, son of Sir Ben 
Fuller, has married one of Sydney's 
society girls. The couple have gone 
to Europe for their honeymoon. 



Harry Green, American comedian, 
has made a very decided success 
with "Give and Take," now play- 
ing the Palace. Willlamson-Talt 
figure to use Green In other pro- 
ductions. 



Tote dal Monte will begin her 
Australian concert tour May 8, In 
Melbourne, under Willlamson-Tait 
management. 



Rlgoletto Brothers and the Swan- 
son Sisters have been engaged for 
a tour over the Tivoll circuit by 
Willlamson-Tait. 



E. J. Carroll will do "The Rest 
People" at the Athenaeum May 8. 



Don Cossack's choir of male sinpr- 
•rs will commence their season at 
the Auditorium, April 17, under E. 
J. Carrol management 



Acts playing Tivoll Include Billy 
Judge and "J ark let," Valentine and 



Harry Muller. Sr.n Francisco rep 
resentatlve of Williamson-Talt, has 
been sending some splendid acts 
across the Pacific lately. All Amer- 
ican acts have more than made good 
here. Variety's representative will 
be glad to be of service to acts dur- 
ing their stay in this country. 

"Nanette" Is very big at the St. 
Tames. This new theatre is abso- 
lutely the best in Australia. The 
production is drawing the elite of 
this city. 



'Bigamist' New; Ordinary 

Paris, May 11. 
•Le Bigame" ("The Bigamist") 
had a poor debut at. the Potlnlere 
after havlr.fr been intended for the 
Maison de l'Oeuvre, Jean Blanchon 
Is the author, presented by Jean 
Chariot. The latter is reported 
quitting the Potlnlere next month 
for a more siaeable edifice. 

A slender plot concerns a bachelor 
having 'two mistresses and alter- 
nately preferring the absent woman. 

Although the script Is an Indif- 
ferent writing it la well played by 
Bebucourt, Mme. Corciade and 
Jeannlne Merrey. 



Americans Abroad 

In Paris: Chauncey Olcott, Doris 
Keane, Miss Glenn a Collett, golf 
champion; Grace Laughlln, Jane 
Provins (Chicago "Daily News"), 
Christine Ferry ("Modern Priscllla" 
editor); Miss J. La Vlolette (picture 
actress), Mme. Isadora Duncan, Mrs. 
J. Curtis (Fontalnebleau School of 
Arts); Stewart Smith (polo player), 
Lee Slmonson, J. George Frederick 
(New York lecturer). 



All records were broken at the 
'ost Royal Fair in Melbourne dur- 
ing Easter week. The carnival 
•vorkers and side-show people did a 
tremendous bur-ine^s. 



Lee White and Clay Smith have 
returned to Sydney for the henrlng 
of their bankruptcy appeal. Their 
time of grace Is nearly up, as they 
must appear before the registrar 
In connection with the claim of Wil- 
fred Cotton. 

The Americans will at the same 
time appear at the Palace lu "Keep 
Smiling," a revue. 



PICCADILLY HOTE and THE KIT-CAT CLUB 

FIRST-CLASS FLOOR ACTS WANTED 



AepreMBtatlve 

K JJJCIARKE 

SSI 0tTMd Itotrs Bldg. 
IMS Broadway. N. T. 



goto American Booking A sent 

WM. MORRIS 

1500 Broadway 
New York 



Dollys for Picture-Making 

Paris, May 11. 

The Dolly Sisters are currently 
negotiating to do pictures in Ameri- 
ca next season./,, 

If the overtures are successful 
they will sail but otherwise the 
understanding Is that the girls will 
remain here. 



English Co. Back in Paris 

Paris, May 1. 
The company of Edward Etlrling 
will again appear at the Theatre 
Albert I, commencing with "White 
Cargo" In English. Frank Reynolds 
will be In charge. 



SAILINGS 



June B (New York to Pome) 
Parney Gallant (Conte Rosso). 

May 22 (New York to Paris) 
Louise' Groody (Leviathan). 

May 22 (New York to London) 
Nora Rayes, Lou Alter (Levia- 
than). 

May IB (New York to London). 
Ashton Stevens (Majestic). 

May 15 (New York to Paris) 
Morris Gest (Majentic). 

May 19 (New York to London), 
Daisy Leon (Roosevelt). 

May 8 (London to New York) 
Carle Carleton (Mauretania). 



Ws have just bad a fakir raca to London. Archie Selwyn was brln*> 
Ing Rahman Bey to show, Sunday night, before a lot of doctors, so A ^ 
Abrahams, who had arranged to bring Tahra Bey, his great' rival, to 
London, next July, rushed Tahra over to show, last Wednesday night 
in front of Rahman. But Rahman flew over, and gave a private view 
first. 

"Revolting," saJd the dist'ngulshed doctor, sent by the "Dally Exr.-ea*** 
to see Rahman's show 

I did not see It, but I found Tahra' a exhibition the dullest I have ever 
seen. 

The "Holy, Holy" Dope 

Really, you would believe It was as holy as Morris Gest and The. 
Miracle." You know. Lady Diana and all that sort of thing. 

"Dr. Tahra Bey Is a delegate of the Chavk of the East Psychic Union • 
said Abrahams. "The seance is being given In the Interests of science 
and is not a profit-making enterprise." 

"No money Is being or can be made out of this demonstration," said 
Archie "Selwyn. "It Is purely an experiment in which Mr. Selwyn is 
Interested, and In which Rahman Bey Is glad to conduct because he has 
been sent to Europe by an Egyptian Psychic Society to propagate their 
amazing philosophy — religion one might almost say— of the power of 
the will, or the soul working in concert with certain psychic forces, com- 
pletely to subjugate the body and the accepted laws of nature." 

The truth is, of course, that money or not, soul or not, it is about as 
commercial as Houdlnl. Archie does not believe in all this soul stuff. 

Fakirs Fake, Rivalry 

Selwyn offered Abrahams the first £1,000 of the gate, and when Abra- 
hams would not accept, the two fakirs faked in rivalry. 

The R. S. P. C. A., hearing that rabbits were going to be done things 
to, stepped in, and that part of it was soon stopped, Then Lord Chamber- 
lain acted. That was the end of the bunk. 

I don't think it could go In New York. 

Why religious societies should send a couple of negroes to Europe to 
stick hatpins through their cheeks — well, ask Archie Selwyn. 



Whiteman Sighs for the Prince 
Paul Whiteman is not so happy in London, this time. He misses the 
Prince of Wales, who is in Biarritz. Besides, the Kit- Cat Club has not 
provided enough stage room for his band. In the Grafton Galleries, last 
trip, he ^as "King Paul." Now, after carting a band of 30 around the 
meagre hotel accomodation of the English provinces, Paul does not like 
the arrangements at the Tlvoli, where he shows twice a day, or the 
arrangements at the Kit- Cat, where he plays from 11 p. m. "until un- 
conscious." 

Besides, the prospect of appearing on the same bill as "The Big 
Parade," which will probably be attacked because It really shows how 
America did win the war, after all, In spite of what the Czecho - Slovak* 
inns say, does not look pleasing. 

Toul is the nicest fat man I know, and the fattest nice man I know. 
But the craze for Jazz is dying in England; not even Paul's) unusual 
gifts, personal popularity, charm of manner and blgboylehness have re- 
peated the sensation of his last trip. 

The Prince of Wales, who recently rescued another huntsman in 
Biarritz, when the other fellow fell off a horse, for a change, la said 
to be hurrying home, to hold Paul's hand. 

"I shall never bring a band back to England," Paul tells me. 

You wait till the Prince comes home. He will change his tune, then. 



I Kiss Both the 8huberts 

I do want to remove from your minds any suggestion that I have 
any feeling against the Shuberts. I state this deliberately, because R. 
H. Gillespie, and other Englishmen who have returned, say that Lea 
does not like me any more. 

Another reason is that I have received a letter from an American, 
whom I do not know, saying that. If I went to New York, I should be 
billed as "the biggest headllner ever known at the Palace" — "The Man 
Who Beat Jake Shubert," Is his idea of my bill-matter. 

I have tried to do nothing of the kind. I merely told, with the utmost 
restraint, about certain mistakes they mado at His Majesty's theatre. 
I did not tell them all, refraining from hurting the Shuberts more than 
was necessary. 

Who on earth would hurt poor little Jake Shubert? He looks such a 
nice kind little fellow. 



Wsnted — A Comedian 

Do please send us another nice comedian. W. H. Berry has gone on 
the halls; so I do not know what we shall do. He has never made me 
laugh once in his life. But then he Is a comedian. I have often sat In 
the stalls and wondered how he earned $1,500 a week. I cannot re- 
member one epoch-making success he has been in, for some years; but 
that Is equally true of several of our leading comedians. 

Are yours any funnier than ours? Frank Tlnney made me laugh; but 
that wao off the stage. Tom Mix made me laugh when In London he 
referred to "our great English novelist, Charles Dickenson," but that 
was by mistake. 



The Pr ince of Wales' Accent 

St. John Ervlnc started telling us, the oth*»r week, of the terrible effect 
of the Oxford accent on the stage. Then, the other day, he and Nigel 
Playfalr, the Hammersmith highbrow, debated about it in public, so that 
the wireless could listen in. I have not seen Ervlne's opening words 
reported In any newspaper. 

"When I spoke on this subject on the wireloh.s some time ago," he said, 
"a lady wrote me from Lincoln saying I talked with a vulgar Irish 
brogue, and that good English was only spoken by the best people in the 
South of England, 'especially tho dear King and Queen.' Now, the King 
and Queen roll their 'rV. The Prince of Wal-s doesn't; he speaks with 
a Cockney accent. As for one of his brothers. I hoard him, on the wire- 

(Contlntud on page 21; 



SATIRICAL ODEON REVUE 

Paris, May 1. 

Much interest Is felt In the revue 
by Jean Hast I a and Andro Lang, 
which P. Abram and F. Gemicr are 
producing at tho classical Odeon. 

It will be the lirst show of its kind 
ever presented in this state the- 
atre, and will be more satirical than 
npectacular. . 



Est. 



1891 



FRENCH REVUE IN ITALY 

Home, May 1. 
A French troupe Is listed at th«* 
Tcatro Adrlnno in revuea from the 
Moulin Rouge and Cigale, the names 
comprising Pearl White, Camllle 
Bos, Ernest RIcoux, Janine Merrey, 
Barson and Jean Bchrai. 



m 

WILLIAM MORRIS 

AOr.NCY. Inc. 
WM. MORIllfc WM. MORRIf. J* 

1560 Broadway, New York 



THE TILLER SCHOOLS 
OF DANCING 

Leicester House, 
10-11 Great Newport St.. 
LONDON, W. C. 2 

Director, Mrs. John Tiller 



Wednesday, May 13, 19M 



FOREIGN 



VARIETY 



ENGLISH STRIKE'S TURMOIL 



TAXIS QUITTING 
WORST BLOW TO 

THEATRES 



Picture Houses Hurt by 
' Light Conservation — Cab- 
arets and Hotels Desolate 

Butt and de Bear in 

Wordy Battle Over Clos- 
ing All Theatres — Only 
17 Legit West End 
Houses Open — All Provin- 
cial Road Shows Closing 
May IS— Film Service in 
Bad Way. 



STRIKE'S FIRST WEEK 



. London, May 11. 

Only 17 legitimate theatres open, 
cabarets playing to $40 grosses 
■Igbtly, Aim houses bucking lighting 
conservation orders, and the big 
hotels serving diners who number 
anywhere from four to 14 at a sit- 
ting, sums up the local amusement 
situation, after one week of Eng- 
land's general strike. 

Outstanding sidelights include the 
theatres' terrific crash when the taxi 
drivers walked out on the third day, 
James Bernard Fagan'a Intention of 
producing "Plough and the Stars" 
tomorrow (Wednesday) night, the 
bitter correspondence exchanged be- 
tween Sir Alfred Butt and Archie 
de Bear and general provincial 
notice of all road shows closing 
May 15. 

Dramatio Incident 

The first dramatic incident as 
labor laid down its tools was the 
closing of the five Gaunt- Shuborl 
West End (legit) theatres, with the 
sixth already dark. Horace Fry, gen- 
eral manager for Gaunt, explained 
that Gaunt had 115,000 factory 
hands idle in the north of England 
and believed it best to shut down 
on all of his business. 

This action closed "The Student 
Prince" where business was improv- 
ing. Other plays of this firm to 
cease operation were "Is Zat So?," 



INDEX 

Miscellaneous 1 

Foreign 2-3 

Pictures 4-18 

Picture Reviews 13-16 

Picture Presentations 21 

Film House Reviews 20-21 

Vaudeville 22-28 

Vaudeville Reviews 19-20 

New Acts 19 

Bills 30-31 

Burlesque 29 

Sports 36 

Times Square 35 

Women's Page 34 

News from the Dailies... 36 

Editorials 37 

Literati 17 

Legitimate 38-46 

Legitimate Reviews 44-45 

Radio 46 

Music 46-53 

Cabarets 60-51 

Cabaret Reviews 51 

Cabaret Bills 50 

Band & O-chestra Routes 52-53 

Outdoors 54 

Obituary 56 

Correspondence 57 

Letter List 63 

Injida Stuff— Pictures. ... 18 

** — Legitimate . 40 

u - —Vaudeville . 28 

M —Music 48 

* " —Outdoors .. 55 



turning In a consistent profit; 
"Wlldllower," descending financially 
at the time, and "Kid Boots," which 
had a library deal for another 
month but had not been a big suc- 
cess. The fifth Gaunt piece to quit 
was "The Great Lover," which was 
also forced to close during the last 
coal strike in 1921. 

Arguments Over Closing 

On the first day of the strike the 
West End managers held two meet- 
ings. During these gatherings Sir 
Alfred Butt said that as a Conserva- 
tive member of Parliament he felt 
it his duty to ask the Home Sec- 
retary to close all theatres. Basil 
Dean stated that the closing of the 
theatres would be a gesture to the 
world. Gillespie and other man- 
agers supported this view. John 
Gatti declared he would carry on 
and if his theatres were forced to 
shut down by a majority ruling he 
would resign from the association. 

Frederick Harrison announced he 
would continue as long as possible, 
and C. B. Cochran, although not a 
member, but in attendance, sup- 
ported the faction favoring closing. 
He had a very small advance sale 
for that night's performance of his 
current revue, but the twist came 
when Cochran, later in th* evening, 
discovered that his show was play- 
ing to a $2,000 house. 

After the second meeting de Bear 
offered to forego his royalties and 
managerial salary in the "R.S.V.P." 
revue at the Vaudeville, suggesting 
that the cast would consent to half 
salaries. Gatti, presentor of this 
attraction, replied: "No, we carry 
on as usual and don't pay half 
salaries here." The result was that 
"R.S.V.P.," including the library 
deal, did $6,260 on the week. 

Questioned Billing 

The Butt-de Bear crossfire on 
paper was the sensational Inside 
episode of the week. This was in- 
stigated through outside billing at 
both the Palace and Hippodrome 
carrying tho names of eight the- 
atres which were open, a similar 
announcement also appearing In. the 
Hip's program. The houses so dis- 
played were those controlled by 
Butt, Gillespie, Clayton and Waller 
and Cochran. 

Alleging such billing implied that 
all other theatres were closed, the 
various managements protested. 

To thle end de Bear's letter, ad- 
dressed to Gillespie and Butt, was 
very bitter in tone. It intimated 
that some managers had taken ad- 
vantage of the tragic conditions. 
Butt replied in rude terms calling 
de Bear's letter impudent and in- 
solent. The reply from de Bear on 
this was equally frank, and so it 
went. 

Some shows are continuing at re- 
duced salaries, notably "Loose 
Ends'* and "The Unseemly Adven- 
ture." The former piece, which 
pave much promise of success, got 
$390 one night early In the week, 
but suffered further, as did the 
others, when the taxicabs ceased to 
operate. Following this dent In 
transportation, receipts foil to $105 
for this show. 

Alban Limpus, whose "Cat's 
Cradle" was a hit, hurried home 
from Monte Carlo to carry on at all 
costs and found his first week's 
gross $5,125. Limpus was accorded 
remarkably good will on the part of 
tho musicians who offered to take 
pay for seven performances instead 
of the eight played. 

Libraries' Request 
Henry AInloy's "Prince Fazll" had 
a fortnight's further deal with the 
libraries at $2,250 weekly but the 
ticket agencies asked the manage- 
ment to cancel this arrangement. 
The theatre's reply was "that if you 
pay us back the $1,755 we have al- 
ready paid you on this play we will 
cancel altogether." I 

"Saint Joan" has closed its por- 
mal run at the Lyceum doing $6,000 
on the week while Miles Malleson's 
"The Fanatics" has postponed its 
premiere at the Ambassador's. 

Leon Lion is putting in "River- 
side Nights." transferred from 
Hammersmith (where there has 



been more rioting than In any other 
adjacent district). 

Meanwhile five future productions 
are continuing with rehearsals. 
"Downhill." "Aloma." "They Knew 
What They Wanted," •"Yvonne" and 
"Secret Service." 

Sir Barry Jackson has closed his 
miracle play at the Kings way but 
continues with "The Farmer's 
Wife" at the Court where Lord 
Lathom, the owner, offered to cut 
the house rental in half. 

Profitable Plays 

"Lady, Be Good," "The Best Peo- 
ple" and "Mercenary Mary** are 
playing to good business but "The 
Ghost Train" is on half salaries and 
slumped to practfeally nothing. 
"Doctor Knock," at the Royalty, 
has announced Its temporary sus- 
pension, "Scotch Mist" was with- 
drawn four days before its time but 
"The Ringer," which looked a 
•smash" tt Wyndham'a held to 
three capacity audiences last week 
and finished to a total of $7,500. 
"Rose-Marie" did about half of its 
capacity and "No, No, Nanette" was 
fair. 

Behind J. B. Fagan'a intention of 
opening Sean O'Casey'a new play, 
"Plough and the Stars," tomorrow 
night on a commonwealth plan, is 
said to be a disagreement with the 
Victor Sheridan management. 
Fagan Is under contract to termi- 
nate his tenancy after the produc- 
tion of his next play. Despite every- 
thing he is producing this piece in 
the midst of the turmolL He «ls 
within his rights to call off the 
play at his discretion. 

Cabarets Hardest Hit 
The cabarets have really been 
more affected by the strike than the 
theatres. On the eve of the walk- 
out there were only four people In 
the "Midnight Follies" at the 
Metropole hotel and this room 
closed Immediately. The Cavour 
dragged along for Ave nights, but 
the Kit Cat, where business was 
bad. continued with evening dress 
optional and Paul Whiteman per- 
sonally performing free although 
his band is being paid. 

The Piccadilly's cabaret re 
celpts for Saturday night totaled 
$40. Prince's remained open but 
postponed the advent of "Whisper- 
ing" Smith and the Dodge Sisters 
announced for last night (Monday). 
Smith, incidentally, has also put off 
his opening at the Coliseum 
(vaudeville). 

Film Service Crippled 
Film service is badly crippled and 
cinema business is generally bad 
except In a few local neighbor- 
hoods where the houses can get de- 
livery- The Plaza was crowded 
Sunday but business was ghastly 
during the week. The Capitol is 
"way off" and the Tlvoll has post- 
poned its showing of "The Big 
Parade" until after the strike. 
Among other things the film houses 
must overcome the conservation of 
light orders issued by local au- 
thorities. 

Provincial theatres (road shows) 
are in a very bad way with no 
scenery available and the compa- 
nies making their Jumps by automo- 
bile. All theatre managements have 
given their staffs provincial notice 
of closing May. .15. 

Hotels .are deserted. Americans 
coming over are switching their 
destination to the Continent. Last 
Thursday nlpht the Rltz had four 
diners, the Savoy grille six, and 
Prince's restaurant 14. 

This is typical of the times. 



BERLIN 



By C. HOOPER TRASK 



The terribly bad condition of the 
vaudeville pcr.'ormers here Is shown 
by the fact that their union 
is arranging a series of perform- 
ances for their benefit. These 
will take place In beer halls and the 
profits will be divided among the 
performers. The vaudeville man- 
agers thought first of objecting to 
this but the condition of the per- 
formers Is so bad that they hare al- 
lowed it to pass. 



Ferdinand Mcysel Is taking over 
the Wallner theatre In the fall and 
will present Berlin farces at pop- 
ular prices. 



The number of theatres In Berlin 
today Is less than In 1911, It was 
stated by Julius Hlrsch, secretary 
of the Managers' Association. This 
was In answer to the charge by the 
tax officials that there were too 
many theatres In Berlin and that 
therefore they have beer, unable to 
pay their taxes. 

In 1896 there were SO theatre*; In 
1911. 46; today, 41. The seating ca- 
pacity has also decreased In the 
same proportion. Meanwhile the 
population has continually Increased 
from 2,000.000 to 3,760.000 to 4.010.000 
today. In other words, the propor- 
tion of first class theatres has gone 
back 15 percent. 

Picture houses have Increased 
tremendously in number. Within a 
block's walk around the Kals*r 
Wllhelm Church In Chnrlottenburr, 
only eight theatros have a capacity 
of 21,000. 

The UFA Film Corporation has 
again been adding to Its holdings 
by opening new theatres in Stutt- 
gart and Budapest by the taking 
over of the Theater am Nollendorf- 
platz In Berlin. 

The house In Budapest was suc- 
cessfully opened with "Charley's 
Aunt" and variety. It looks like a 
good proposition. The same may 
be said of the Stuttgart house, seat- 
ing 1,300, which opened with "Walts 
Dream." The Nollendorf theatre Is 
a very dubious proposition. 



Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Reln- 
hardt's chief dramatic helper, has 
written a pageant play called "The 
Magician and the Virgin," and the 
director will bring it out at the 
Salzburg festival this summer. The 
"Great World Theatre," by the same 
author, has been one of Rclnhardt's 
most successful productions there. 



Ivan Mosjoukln, who has been 
engaged by Carl Laemmle for Uni- 
versal, will not leave for America 
for some time. He will complete at 
least one film In Europe before 
starting. His contract is with the 
Deullg Film, of Berlin, and the 
Clne-AUlance Film, of Paris, who 
are financing the picture together. 



It has been definitely announced 
by President Rlckelt of the German 
Actors! Union that John Emerson 
will attend the International Actors' 
Congress to be held In Berlin July 
23rd. Also the president of the 
French association, Harlbaur, has 
promised to attend. The Scandi- 
navians, Russians, Roumanians, 
Bulgarians and the Poles are 
coming; only the Italians and the 
Spaniards have not yet sent In a 
definite affirmative. The congress 
will last only three days, but will 
be preceded by important confer- 
ences. The chief subject of the de- 
bates and decisions will be the 
giving of mutual Information and 
the discussing of the social and ar- 
tistic problems of the modern the- 
atre. The congress Is looked for- 
ward to with great Interest here 
and elaborate plans are being made 
to entertain ihe delegates. 



A sign of German optimism about 
the coming season Is the title which 
Rudolf Nelson has given to his fall 
revue, namely, "Es Geht Schon 
Besser" (Things Are Getting Bet- 
ter). In opposition to this the well- 
known dramatist Arnold Bronnen 
Is calling his next play "Repara- 
tions"; it is to be a tragedy. 



"Variety's" Bulletin 

Of Theatrical News 



London, May 11. 

During the strike Variety's Lon- 
don office Is getting out a mimeo- 
graphed 4,0d0-word bulletin of in- 
side theatrical strike news. 

It is being distributed, gratis, 
throughout England. 



LANDED IN PARIS 



ACTS IN "ROYAL" Bill 



Paris, May 11. 
Upon his arrival here Marcus 
Loew was informed by wireless of 
the postponement of "The Big 
Parade's" London premiere at the 
Tivoli. 

The strike Is the reason, with the 
early influx of Americans to Paris 
also being attributed to this cause. 



William Berry's Reception 
Better Than Sketch 



London, May 11. 

William Berry, musical comedy 
star, made his vaudeville debut at 
(he Coliseum yesterday (Monday). 

He was accorded a good reception 
in a poor "dream" skelch entitled 
"Where's Miss Jackson?" 



THE TILLER DANCING SCHOOLS 



Open for . umltfd 
Number of Pupils 

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NEW YORK 



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Secretary 



WILL R0GEES WONT FLAT 

London, May 11. 
Will Rogers, here, says* he is not 

Kolnpr to appear professionally. 

It is his intention to obtain strike 
material for magazine stories, says 
lingers, who is going to the Geneva 
conference. 



Cafe Revue Transferred 

London, May 11. 

Chez Kysi-her has transferred its 
floor r«:vue to the Cafe De Paris. 



Most of the American nhow people 
on the outgoing "Leviathan'/ landed 
at Cherbourg, going on to Paris. 
Marcus Loew was on the boat. 

Wireless messages were sent from 
this side, suggesting that Paris be 
made the destination In view of the 
British strike. 

PALLADIUM MATS OFF 

London, May 11. 
For the duration of the strike the 
Palladium has called off its 
matinees. 



Empire, Pan*, May Be Dark 

Paris, May 11. 
It Is probable that the Krnpire 
theatre will be dark from June to 
August. 



Chevalier Back in Revue 

Paris. May 11. 
Maurice Chevalier, absent from 
the Casino de Paris for a \M-»k .1;;' 
to illness, has resumed his place in 
the current ret u<.. 



London, May 11. 

The official program for the 

Royal Variety Performance in aid 

of the Variety Artistes' Benevolent 

Fund at the Alhambra, May 27, Is 
in abeyance. 

The list includos 11 names, the 
only one considered an "American 
act" being Rich Hayes, the comic 
juggler. Others named are Billy 
Bennett, Lillian Burgles, Carr and 
Parr, Dick Henderson, Houston 
Sisters, Jack Hylton's Band, Kenna 
Brothers, Tiller Dancing Olrls, 
Bnxnsby Williams and Kobb Wilton. 

In the selection of this Royal 
Performance list none of the artists 
has taken part In a similar pro- 
gram. 

The "Performance" is regarded as 
a strictly all-British bill. 



Rich Hayes has appeared so long 
on the American vaudeville stage 
that he has been looked upon an 
an "American act." 



3 LUCKIEST SHOWS 



London, May 11. 
Three current shows are the most 
fortunate in feeling the strike the 

least. 

They are "Lady Be Good." "The 
Ringer" and "Mrs. Cheney." 



(SSTUMES 



Danger Going Into Cabaret 

Paris. May 11. 
Dufor Danger has been booke.l 
for three weeks at the I'vrquet i 
c?b'ip t corn mcn' irio' M ty 21. 1 



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First National Combination of Theatres May Reach 
to Pacific Coast, Taking in Other Circuits En 
Route — Keith-Albee and P. D. C. with Many Side 
Possibilities — Saenger Company Yet Unheard 
From — North American Theatres Has Indirect 
Connection 



Developments In the past week 
in the picture producing and ex- 
hibiting field have had the industry 
veritably on its ear. The combina- 
tion of the First National franchise 
holder operated houses with the 
holding: of its initial booking: meet- 
ing in New York Is replete with 
significance. The combination rep- 
resents in the merger some $80,000,- 
000. It is understood that the the- 
atres coming into the combination 
will bring their owners 60 per cent, 
in cash and 40 per cent, in stock 
of the corporation that is to bo 
formed to handle the circuit. 

As against this development the 
deal between the Keith-Albee-Or- 
pbeum circuits and the Producers' 
Distributing Corp. was also com- 
pleted. It was reported that the 
Keith-Albee organization joined 
with P. D. C. without any consider- 
able cash consideration. This, how- 
ever, has been denied. The affilia- 
tion will give P. D. C. a first run 
outlet for its product and it will 
assure the Keith-Albee-Orpheum 
houses of a supply of picture 
product. 

There were rumors during the 
past week that the Palace, New 
York, would have its policy changed 
next season . to tnree-a-day and 
play a picture in conjunction with 
its vaudeville and thus enter the 
ranks as active opposition to 
Loew's State, which is but two 
blocks away, or retain a $1.50 top 
scale and bill "six big acts." 

With the affiliation of the Kelth- 
Albee-Orpheum interests there will 
be an outlet for P. D. C. production 
in about 400 houses over the coun- 
try. This affiliation, it was stated 
by one of the executives of the P. 
D. c. organisation, is the first step 
(Continued on page 21) 



F. P. FILES ITS 
EXCEPTIONS 
TO TRIAL 



Commission Will Pass 
Upon Them — No Time 
Limit Set 



Too "Good" to Last; 
Bruce Mitchell Now Ex 



Los Angeles, May 11. 
Bruce Mitchell, former head of the 
Bruce Mitchell Productions, who 
was asked for an accounting recent- 
ly by disgruntled stockholders, was 
sued for divorce by his wife, Mrs. 
Carolyn Mitchell on charges that 
he drank. 

"He would get a good Job, then a 
good Jag, then he wouldn't be any 
good," Mrs. Mitchell testified. 

She got the divorce. 



Variety Bureau, 
Washington, May 11. 

Insisting upon all exceptions 
noted in the record and submitting 
same to the Federal Trade Commis- 
sion for "consideration and final de- 
cision by the Commission" counsel 
for Famous Players- La/rky, and 
the others named in the complaint, 
have filed a "Bill of Exceptions" to- 
taling 292 pages with the individual 
exceptions running Into the thou- 
sands. 

It was upon these exceptions that 
Robert T. Swaine, counsel for F. P., 
devoted his entire argument during 
the final hearing on the F. P. inves 
tigatlon wherein the government is 
attempting to sustain the charge 
against the picture company of at 
tempted monopoly and restraint of 
trade. 

Mr. Swaine claimed these excep- 
tions support his contention that F. 
P. did not have a fair trial. Follow- 
ing a preamble wherein the case Is 
reviewed, the picture attorneys 
state: 

"For the convenience of the Com 
mission, respondents herewith pre- 
sent most of their exceptions made 
upon the taking of the evidence 
herein wh^re'n the trial examiner 
excluded evidence offered by the re 
spondents, struck out evidence in 
troduced by them, or overruled their 
motion to strike out evidence intro 
duced by counsel for the Commis 
sion, said exceptions being classi 
fled under general headings with 
rcsjiect to the subject matter of the 
testimony involved." 

The evidence which F. P. is now 
asking be considered touches first 

(Continued on page 15) 



So. Amer. Presentations 



Washington, May 11. 

South American picture houses 
are going in for presentations on 
an extensive scale with the newly 
opened theatre, Nove Odoon, In Rio 
de Janeiro. 

The house seals approximately 
1.000 and Is scaled at $2.85, top. 



FLEW UP SALARY 



An ace among the stars of 
one picture concern found 
himself with greatly Increased 
di awing power ar?d a. $500 
weekly contract with some 
time -to run and no sympathy 
expressed by the employer. 

Knowing further verbal per- 
suasion would be useless, the 
star made It known that he 
had developed a fondness for 
aerial planeing. He went up 
a few times and then said it 
had become a craze with him 
— he had to live in the clouds. 

That sent a panic over the 
main works. .When calm 
reigned once again the film 
comedian held a new contract 
for $2,E00 a week and a slid- 
ing scale upwards, provided 
ho didn't go up himself again. 



TOO MUCH PUBLICITT- 
TAKE COMPETITORS' 



N. W. M. P. T. 0. A. Makes 
Other Protests — Wire to 
Will Hays on Contract 



Minneapolis, May 11. 
The Northwest Motion Picture 
Theatre Owners' Association, in 
convention here, attacked monopoly 
In pictures, exaggerated publicity 
for screen stars, and "fake com- 
petitors who compel exhibitors to 
buy them out." 

A telegram was dispatched to 
Will Hays protesting against pro 
posed changes in the standard film 
contract. The organization went 
on record refusing to buy pictures 
on other than the agreed standard 
contract and refusing to submit to 
arbitration on any other contract. 

Charges were made that small 
communities were being deprived 
of popular pictures by distributors' 
efforts to reserve big hits for road 
showing after first run rights have 
been purchased. 

W. A. Steffes was re-elected pres- 
ident of the organization. 



Statement Everything Is 
Serene Around A. E. 



Whatever Internal differences ex- 
isted a week ago in the Associated 
Exhibitors seem to have been 
ironed out during the last few days. 
That is indicated in a statement 
Issued by Oscar Price, president of 
the A. E. corporation. 

It is possible that the financial 
Interests behind the organization 
managed to wield the whip hand in 
such a fashion to bring those jump- 
ing over the traces into line. 

It is said that P. A. Powers is to 
return to the coast shortly and will 
supervise the studio operations and 
likewise keep an eye on the making 
of the Von Strohelm production and 
the Neilan picture to be released 
through Famous Players and in 
which he Is Interested. 

The price statement issued yes- 
terday said: 

"Oscar A. Price, president of As- 
sociated Exhibitors, made formal 
announcement today that there had 

(Continued on page 16) 



"BEN-HUR" LEAVING 
COHAN FOR EMBASSY 

Moves May 23— Stop Clause 
Reached— Will Have Done 
$325,000 on Cohan Run 



"Ben-Hur" la to end Its engage, 
ment at the Cohan theatre Saturday 
night of next week (May 22) and 
move to the Embassy theatre for a 
continuation of the run. At that 
time tbp picture will have had a run 
of approximately 20 and tt half 
works to a gross business of almost 
$325,000. 

The contract at the Cohan pro- 
vided that when the picture fell 
below $14,000 in gross receipts for 
two consecutive weeks, notice to 
Vacate could be given. Week before 
last the take was $12.3G2 and last 
week $11,110. 

The move to the Embassy l a o no 
that the Loew people were desirous 
of making aa it will place the pic- 
ture in a house that they solely con- 
trol and where it can run along to 
business of $10,000 weekly for an 
Indefinite period and show a profit 
for both theatre and picture. The 
Embassy has but 600 seats as 
against the 1,000 at the Cohan. 

Next season there will he 10 com- 
panies of "Ben-Hur" on tour. As a 
play it earned its greatest money in 
the smaller cities and towns and it 
Is believed the picture will dupli- 
cate. 



May McAvoy Opposite Ray 

Los Angeles. May 11. 
May McAvoy has been chosen by 
Metro- Gold wyn to play the lead 
opposite Charles Ray in "The Fire 
Brigade." 



DE MILE SAYS P. D. C. CREATING 
STARS-NOT BIDDING FOR THEM 



MAY FIGHT FOR 

'KONGO' ON SCREEN 



Hawkins Restored as 
Counsel in F. P. Case 



JACQUELINE LOGAN S FUTURE 

Los AnKeles, May 11. 

Jacqueline Logan has left for 
New York and Paris with Robert 
Gillespie, her husband, for a six 
weeks' vacation. Before leaving 
Miss Logan declared she was un- 
decided whether she would return 
to picture or not. 

After the trouble Miss Logan had 
on the Fox lot, when she was 
given her release after having 
started in a picture, producers 
have not been very forward in of- 
fering contracts to her. 



JAP STAR VISITING 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Yaeko Mldzutani, Japanese stage 
and screen star, has arrived here 
for a month's study of the film 
industry. 8he was accompanied by 
Chlkushi Mldzutani, her brother-in- 
law, who is In the Japanese Min- 
istry of Education. They are stop- 
ping with Sojin, Japanese character 
ac tor- 



Wash ingion, May 11. 

Following Variety's exclusive 
story last week that Gaylord R. 
Hawkins had been relieved as coun- 
sel In the Famous Players investi- 
gation by the Federal Trode Com- 
mission, Mr. Hawkins was restore-.! 
to his capacity as the commission'.s 
counsel in that case. 

The restoration was confirmed to- 
day. 

Another peculiar phase of the en- 
tire matter Is that some of the 
Democratic commissioners on the 
Federal Commission did not know 
of Mr. Hawkins' transference out 
of the F. P. action until reading It 
in Variety. It Is said to have 
started a commotion in the com- 
mission's offices here that only 
ended when Mr. Hawkins was anain 
given charge of the proceedings. 
It is not denied that Mr. H.-vwkins, 
long with the commission. Is more 
conversant with the show business 
and especially the picture branch 
than any executive official asso- 
ciated with the forces of tho Gov- 
ernment. 



Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will make 
an issue of the banning of "Kongo'' 
for pictures, as that firm desired 
it aa a special vehicle for Lon 
Chaney. It is reported greatly dis- 
appointed at the Hays barring edict. 

The Hays position is that if the 
bars are let down for "Kongo," it 
would mean that other firms which 
have fought for "White Cargo," 
"The Green Hat," and "Rain," wo.ilJ 
renew their efforts to have them 
released for pictures, something 
which Hays has steadfastly refused 
to consent to. 



Convention at Lot Angeles — K-A and Orpheum 
Affiliation Mentioned by Frank Munroe — 'Motion 
Pictures Will Never Die 9 — De Mille 



Goulding Directing Comedies 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Alf Goulding has been added to 
the Mack Sennett staff, to direct 
short subject comedies. 



JessePs Services Claimed; 
Sherman Asking for Order 

George Jessel/, and the Warner 
Brothers, Inc., have been served 
with summonses, but no complaints 
as yet, in an Injunction and dam- 
age suit by Harry Sherman, who 
claims a written agreement for 
Jessel's film services for five 
pictures. 

Jessel waa to ha . e done "The 
Cherry Tree" for Associated Ex- 
hibitors' release as the first pic- 
ture under Sherman's management, 
until signing with the Warners for 
"Private Izzy Murphy," a forth- 
coming screen production which 
will mark "The Jazz Singer" star's 
film «riebut. 

Sherman Is represented by Ben- 
jamin Barondess. 



P0LA NOT GOING 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
The European trip planned by 
Tola Negri, between pictures, was 
called off definitely because of the 
illness of Mrs. Eleanora Chalupez, 
mother of the actress, who is too 111 
to travel, is is said. She Is resting 
at a mountain resort near here. 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

The keynote of the Producers' 
Distributing Corporation Interna- 
tional Convention held here last 
week was sounded by Cecil B. Dc 
Mille, who stated his organisation 
waa striving to create its own 
stars instead of Invading the ranks 
of other producers and starting a 
competetive warfare. 

He said the purpose of the organ- 
ization was to sell Itself 100 percent 
through the bringing out of new 
stars with novelty and variety In 
pictures. 

De Mille utilized a greater part of 
one of the three days set aside for 
business sessions in the Ambasa- 
dor Hotel. He- declared during his 
talk. "Movies are dead; motion pic- 
tures will never die," He stated 
that the public were not fools nor 
morons, and that the sloppy, obvi- 
ous movie entertainment has passed 
out because the public de-e* ard 
will continue to demand that they 
be given consistent logical and un- 
usual drama. 

Frank C. Munroe, president of the 
organization, spoke of the distribu- 
tion tie-up made with the Keith- 
Albee and Orpheum interests, which 
would allow distribution of the 
product In centers they have not 
been able to reach before. He in- 
formed those present that ho and 
General Sales Manager W. J. Mor- 
gan were going to remain here and 
get Dc Mille's views # on the new 
tie-up that had been made by John 
C. Flinn in New York, and then 
they would go to that place to take 
up the matter of handling product 
by their new affiliation. 

Munroe explained also that on ac- 
count of the K-A and Orpheum tie- 
up that the regional meetings which 
had been scheduled to follow the 
convention here were cancelled, so 
far as home office executives would 
participate in them, and stated they 
would be held by the respective dis- 
trict managers in their territory. 

All of the supervisors from the 
De Mille and Metropolitan studios 
attended one of the sessions and 
explained the stories that they In- 
tended to interpret for the screen 
during next .season. Those who 



spoke were C. Gardiner Sullivan, 
Bertram Millhauser, Elmer Harris, 
Beulah Marie Dix and Jeannie Mac- 
Pherson from the De Mille plant, 
and Jack Cunningham, F. McGrew 
Willis and Will Rltchey from Metro- 
politan. William Sistrom, general 
manager of both studios, also spoke. 

Sales Manager Morgan announced 
that it was the policy of the organ- 
ization to make promotions from 
within its ranks and that of 17 new 
branch managers the company had, 
15 were former salesmen. 

Mochrie's Salesmanship 
The C. B. De Mille perpetual tro- 
phy, which is a placque and given 
for the best sales record, went to 
Robert Mochrie, former manager of 
St. Louis, who is now in charge of 
the Pittsburgh exchange. The prize 
for the salesman with the best rec- 
ord of 1926 was in the form of a 
wrist watch and went to Clarence 
Phillips of the Chicago office. Harry 
Lorch of the Chicago office got the 
manager's prize for best record In 
inducing accounts to properly ad- 
vertise, while H. Walker of Okla- 
homa City got the prize for his un- 
( Continued on page 36) 



F O RV M 

f L ■ 1 ■ ANGELES ; ■ 

v. — — — ^ 1 



» NOW ' 

LILLIAN GISH 



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and 



JOHN GILBERT 

in 

KINO VlDOR'S 
Production 

la Bobeme" 

A Metro- fioldwyn- •»■>'' 



Henkcri Orchestra 




Wednesday, May 12, 1926 




PICTURES 



VARIETY 



EXHIBIT 




HELPLESS 



MOVIE SCHOOLS DOOMED 
BY DRIVE OF CAL OFFICIAL 



Being Fleeced, Claims Labor Commissioner — 
Improper Advances Toward Women Mentioned 
in State Investigation 



Los Angeles, May 1L 
Declaring that the 76 schools of 
toorie acting located in Hollywood 
are a menace. Deputy Labor Com- 
missioner Charles E. Lowery has 
declared that he will make arrests 
and close them. 

He claims that pupils of the 
Schools were fleeced invariably and 
that in some instances, they were 
"taken" for several thousand dol- 
lars. 

In another Instance statutory 
•barges will be preferred against 
the head of a particular school on 
the ground that a girl of 16 was 
ails treated by several men. 

Women detectives employed by 
Lowery to investigate the cases 
have been approached for "booze 
parties," as well as having im- 
proper advances made to them. 

Lowery, who is set on quick ac- 
tion, has declared that a week will 
see everyone of these "institutions 
of learning" closed and the owners 
taken into custody for violation of 
the labor and other laws. 



Rowland & Clark Deny 
They Are in Merger 



Pittsburgh, May 11. 

James B. Clark, president of the 
Rowland &. Clark theatres, has 
denied that the Stanley- Mark- 
Fabian theatrical merger involving 
his company's chain of theatres 
here had been consummated. 

"Aa far as we are concerned the 
.whole matter is purely conver- 
sational," Mr. Clark said. "We 
have discussed the proposals from 
time to time, but so far no definite 
action has been taken." 

He admitted that such a merger 
"tay be made and that negotiations 
have been in progress. 

The Rowland & Clark chain in- 
cludes the Liberty, Regent. Manor. 
Beimar, Strand, Blaekstone. Capital, 
Arsenal and Colonial theatres. 
Construction of two new theatres, 
one in the downtown district and 
the other in Wilklnsburg, a resi- 
dential suburb, by the Rowland & 
J-'ark company has been started. 
«r Clark said that these new 
uieatres would be included if the 
merger goes through. 

Rock iffe Fellowes Hurt 
In Mysterious Crash 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Mystery surrounds the possibly 
5" n *;' , | n ; nt f <^al disfigurement of 
i ffe Fe,lowe «. actor, severely 

» . k?, Ut the head when hI * auto- 
mobile crashed Into a parked car in 
*»ntn Monica, 

Fellowes is at Martin's Hospital 
*na claims that he was not driving 
*u 4 Y as a?,0 °P beside the driver at 
jne time of the crash Sunday morn- 

vi.?', declined to s-iy who was 
driving. 

•Will Hutchlns. secretary to Fel- 
jowes and who lives in Von ire, said 
"ie actor 1, ft his homo la«t Satur- 
day with 1.100 in his pocket, but 
wnen taken to the hospital, 91 cents 
*as all th.rt could be found. 



New Treatment Passed 
For 4 American Tragedy 9 



A new treatment, radically 
altering the story, but consid- 
ered okeh for passing by the 
Hays organization, has been 
prepared for the filming of 
Dreiser's "An American Trag- 
edy," which Mai St. Clair has 
been assigned to handle for 
P. P. 

It is understood that the se- 
lections for the roles of Clyde 
Griffiths and Roberta Alden, 
the leading parts, are Charles 
Emmett Mack and Dorothy 
Mackaill. 

Miss Mackaill is a First Na- 
tional featured artist. 



STANLEY'S AND ROXY'S 
LATEST B'WAY RUMOR 



Hitch Reported Over Opera- 
tion — Otherwise Each Side 
Reported Favorable 



Miss Short's Short Contract 

T Los Angek-i, May 11. 

^Tho f ontraet recently signed be- 
tween Gertrude Fhort an ! F. H. O. 
■tudlos was dissolved by mutual 
•onsor.t. Miss Short express* d her- 
as dissatisfied with the story 
:«£leetf«d for her first picture under 
the nf.y eon tract. 

SUMMER SUBSCRIPTION 

to "VARIETY" 
$1—3 Month* 

s «nd remittance with name 
and address 



A late Broadway rumor this week 
was that the new Roxy's theatre 
might find its berth In the lately 
organized Stanley-Mark-Fabian 
theatre combine. 

A hitch is 3ald to have arisen 
through the Stanley combination 
expecting to operate the now build- 
ing Roxy should it align wnlle S. F. 
Rothafel, promoter of the house 
named after him and who holds a 
long term contract as its director 
at a rcputod annual Balary of 
$125,000, is insistent that he alone 
shall pilot the new project 

Should the Roxy be added to the 
newest theatre chain, it would give 
the combine an ultra-Important 
Broadway theatre (6,000 capacity) 
at the same time clearing the mat- 
ter of picture service for the Roxy. 

Through the Moe Mark associa- 
tion, if the Roxy passes to the Stan- 
ley circuit under agreeable terms, 
Mark no doubt would pass along 
his First National service franchise, 
exclusive for New York city, to the 
Roxy. Such a move would permit 
the Mark people to rebuild on the 
Mark- Strand Broadway site or place 
that theatre of around 2,800 ca- 
\w ; Ity on another policy. 

Up to yesterday none of the In- 
terested p-irties would comment. 
Each admitted the lined-up deal 
had its advantages, with the pivotal 
Boxy the Gibraltar center. 



NO DISTRIBUTOR 
IS PROTECTING 
SINGLE HOUSES 



Not Over 6,000 Purely In- 
dependent Theatres Left 
in Country — Others in 
Circuits of More Than 
Two Theatres— Eventu- 
ally Will Be Forced Into 
Opposition or Out of 
Picture Business — Small 
Towns No More Secure 
Than Big Cities— Oppor- 
tunity at Present to Find 
Salvation — Later May Be 
Too Late 



CHAIN COMBINES 



"TAKE A CHANCE WEEK" 
AT RIVOLI, ON B'WAY 



Two additional Frank Cambria 
units are slated for Publlx The- 
atres routes bofore July. They are 
to be known as "Take a Chance 
Week," opening at the Rlvoll May 
.10, and "Circus Days," June 13. 

Each of tho attractions will be 
routed for 15 weeks. 



"Pacific" Thriller 

1,08 Angeles, May 11. 

Warner Prothers will produce 
''•oorge K. Planey's Spanish Amer- 
ican War story. "Across the P.iriile," 
with Monto Blue starred. 

The picture will be a thriller. It 
wlM not bf> pli ot otrr.'i phrd as a cos-! 
tun e picture but will be a modern 1 
version of the story. 



Lone picture exhibitors, opera tine 
one or two theatres throughout the 
United States, axe helpless under 
present conditions. 

It is the opinion of disinterested 
film men that unless steps are 
taken for their salvation, that the 
one-two house exhibitors must suo- 
cumb, either to the ever increasing 
opposition or pass out of the pic- 
ture business. 

Salvation for the little exhibitor 
can only be accomplished through 
a guarantee of picture service. It 
must be a service that neither the 
opposition nor chain circuit oan 
steal away, either through pressure 
upon the distributor or paying a 
higher rental for single or bulk 
bookings. 

There is no American distributor 
at present systematically protecting 
the smaller exhibitor who most 
needs that protection, while at the 
same time the distributor, in view 
of current conditions, will Just as 
badly need the detached film houses. 

Of the 17,000 or 18.000 picture 
houses in the country, not over 6,000 
are under the control of really in- 
dependent exhibitors, those who 
have one or two theatres at the 
most. This takes in all of the big 
cities, sticks and tanics. Of the 
6,000 there can not be figured over 
4,500 individual exhibitors. 

With the other 11.000 or 12.000 
picture theatres there may be 1,000 
exhibitors operating over two the- 
atres, with some of the chains Tun- 
ing into the hundreds. 

Maybe Not Over 2,500 

At the present rate of absorption 
of single holdings the current gross 
number of small exhibitors, 5,500, 
may be reduced within a compara- 
tively .short time to not over 2,500. 

It is said that there is not a day 
that Famous Players has less than 
100 deals on for theatres. These 
are deals In the main outsiders 
never hear of, nor are there statis- 
tics on how many or what percent- 
al of those deals go through. 

Within the past week there has 
been feverish activity in the vicinity 
of New York as far as the inde- 

(Continued on page 18) 



Anita Loos on Story 

Selling for Films 



Chicago, May 11. 

"The psychology of the 
movies is that if a thing has 
been written before. In a book 
or play, it has been done bet- 
ter than a scenario writer 
could do it." 

Speaking to a group of news- 
paper writers. Anita Loos gave 
that as her reason for quit- 
ting the scenario business. "I 
can sell my stuff somewhere 
else first and then let them 
buy it," she explained. 

With her husband, John 
Emerson, Miss Loos came to 
Chicago to see how her "Gen- 
tlemen Prefer Blondes" was 
coming along at the Selwyn. 
They returned to New York 
Saturday. 



EXPORTS FELL 
OFF IN MARCH 



UNNE GRIFFITH WILL 
GO TO 1ST NATIONAL 



Present Contract Bought Up 
— New Sliding Salary Scale 
to $12,000 Weekly 



Los Angeles. May 11. 

B. M. Asher, Edward Small and 
Charles Rogers are to receive a 
large sum from First National for 
turning over to that organization 
the contract they have with Co- 
rinne Griffith. Negotiations, It is 
said, will close for the transfer this 
week in New York with Asher and 
Miss Griffith present 

Miss Griffith has a contract with 
Asher, Small and Rogers whereby 
she has two more pictures to make 
before December. Clauses in this 
contract also provide that for the 
next five years the trio has the 
right to meet any offers that other 
producers are willing to make Miss 
Griffith for her services. Her pres- 
ent contract calls for $5,500 a 
week. It is saJd that First Na- 
tional is prepared to give her 
$7,500 a week for the first year con- 
tract and then raise this amount 
$1,500 a week each year until it 
reaches $12,000 a week. 

When Richard Rowland, general 
manager of First National, was 
here last month he had several con- 
ferences with Miss Griffith and her 
producers. It is said that Miss 
Griffith was endeavoring to get 
away from her producers, as she 
was having trouble from time to 
time with one or two of them. 

Rowland suggested that First 
National take over the contract. 
Miss Griffith favored that idea. 

The Griffith pictures were not 
among the biggest money makers 
for First National, but were prof- 
itable. It is figured by First Na- 
tional that the amount paid A. S. R. 
will be easily made up for with 
the distribution of her future 
pictures. 



Drop of Nearly 8, 
Feet in Month 



1:1:1x1 1:1 



Washington, May 11. 

Following the recent report from 
the Department of Commerce that 
the "Invisible Exchange" in pic- 
tures disclosed exports of $300,000,- 
000 in the last fiscal year of the 
Government, comes another from 
that department disclosing a de- 
cided drop during March. 1926, as 
compared with that month last year. 

Film exports for March, 1926, to- 
taled but approximately 18,800.000 
feet compared with 24.500,000 feet 
in March of last year. This Includes 
negatives and positives. 

In face of this drop in the ex- 
posed films, however, the raw stock 
discloses an Increase of approxi- 
mately 100,000 feet March, 1926, 
totalled 1.966.0C0 feet cf the unex- 
posed film compared with 1,892.06* 
feet In March, 1925. 

Australia again led In the foot- 
age of negatives and positives se- 
cured from this country during 
March of this year, the total ex- 
ports in that country exceeding 
2,590,000 feet This also was a drop 
from March of last year, when the 
footage reached 1.091,000 feet 

Canada was second during the 
current March with 1,922,000 feet 
Argentina next with 1,672,000 feet 
while Mexico with 1,020,000 feet and 
Brazil with 1.108,000 feet were next 
in the order named. All were de- 
cided drops from March of last 
year. 



Skouras' Prefer "Names" 
And Acts to Presentations 



ALICE BLUE SEES RED 



Chadwick's Inde. Deal 
With Sax, Kahn, et al. 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

A deal per.ds whereby I. K. Chad- 
wirk wj!1 distribute, annually the 
iiukin n 1< nt productions of Sam 
Sax, (;<'iirt?« Kahn and Henry Gins- 
berg. Ch idwi: k is now en route to 
.\'< w York for k conference with the 
.Messrs. Sax. Kahn and Ginsberg. If 
the drril should go through, it will 
piac e Chadwkk In the position of 
hen-ling the minor independents. 

About 40 features a year, a large 
number of remedies and short sub- 
jects including westerns that Joe 
!b.(k is under contract to turn out 
f <>r Kahn are Included In the nego- 
tiations. 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

Alice Bjue, screen actress who 
married Charles Laughlln eight 
years ago in Tennessee, has brought 
suit in tho Superior Court here for 
divorce, alleging desertion. 

Mrs. Lnughlin said that her hus- 
band had a sweetheart in Tulsa. 
Okla., and that she found letters and 
telegram.! from "the other woman" 
among his effects. 

They have been separated for 
three years. 



$1 to Hit Manager 

Don Moines, May 11. 

Ludy Poston. employe of a fllrn 
distributing corporation here, paid 
a fine of SI and costs in Mun.-'vul 
court for assaulting Mannie Gott- 
lieb, manager of tho Universal Film 
'•i''h;i nge 

lioston alleged that (Juttlb b bad 
slandered him and offered that as 
tho provocation which ' :iu: f<l birn to 
strike the first blow. '!'/:<• cn irl rb- 
clnred both w<,e to b\ipi" f - »r the 
fight, und made the hue nominal. 



Chicago, May 11. 

It Is said that since Mike Shea 
insisted that something he done to 
fill those holes in his house that 
presentations don't seem able to 
fill, the same demand Is being 
voiced by Skouras Brothers of flt 
Louis, who also have been playing; 
only the Publlx theatres presenta- 
tions as the stage attraction. 

Last week the Skouras tried to 
strengthen the show by putting la 
Ruth Etting. but this action created 
so much hard feollng that they 
were forced to withdraw her. 



NO PATHE-K-A DEAL 



A report this week that Keith - 
Albee Is In negotiation with Pa the 
for the purchase of the latter was 
denied In quarters believed to hare 
proper information. 

The story said Fathe had set a 
price, with K-A countering at one 
half of the amount asked. 

Pathe is a maker and distributor 
of what are known in picture circles 
as "shorts:" films of two reels or 
less. 



Ulmer Breaks Contract 

Los Angelas, May 11. 

Edgar Ulmer, assistant art di- 
rector for Universal, has broken his 
contract. He is said to have be- 
come dissatisfied with the agree- 
ment he signed when brought over 
from fJermnny as a protege of Carl 
Laemmle. The instrument stated 
that Charles Hall, nrt director, was 
to be mentioned on all credit lines 
for Ulmcr's creations. Another sore 
point was that Ulmer was farmed 
out, doing that work in addition to 
his own deigning without receiving 
anything additional. 

Ulmer may go with Metro-flold- 
wyn- Mayer or Cecil P». De Mllle. 

COST U "M E S 
F^OR HIRE 

PRODUCTIONS 
KXIT.OITATIONS 
PRESENTATIONS 

BROOKS 

1437 B'way. Tel. 8680 Pen. 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 12, 192* 



LANOXIN'S 1ST FEATURE IN L A. British war film 

liiuiwvii m.m*r m m mm* mm ^mmmm mmw am CUAHfC HI TIMAHI 

GETS $31,500-TAKES 2 RECORDS "" B CAN A 



Chaplin's "Gold Rush," 1st Time at Pop Prices, Does 
Flop— LPs Re-Issue with Lon Chancy Money- 
Maker for Criterion — 'Parade' Finished to $20, 



.•mi. 



Los Angeles. May 11. 
(Drawing Pop. 1,350,000) 
Harry Langdon proved a record- 
breaker at Loew's State with his 
first feature picture, "Tramp, 
Tramp, Tramp," by breaking the 
Sunday high with $7,012.25 on the 
day. It Is about $860 over what 
was corraled by "Never the Twain," 
which had the record up to that time 
through Hearst publicity. 

The Langdon picture started oft* 
like a cyclone on its first three days, 
doing around $17,000, overcapacity 
for the house, with five perform- 
ances daily. Had not the house 
record b?9n made with two holidays 
in one week the Langdon opus 
would easily have made the tap by 
its start. The balance of the week 
was a turnaway for the picture at 
night, but matihees were a bit light, 
saying this new star is more of a 
male than female favorite. 

While Langdon knocked them 
over, Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold 
Rush," which had Its first popular- 
price showing after a $1.50 run at 
the Grauman Egyptian, took what 
was considered a flop. Seems as 
though the Grauman prolog was the 
Rolling point of this picture at the 
high top, as at the Million Dollar 
at the picture house scale and with, 
out a prolog the gross fell at least 
$10,000 on the week below the aver- 
age first week draw of any run pic- 
ture In this house. 

George Beban's The Loves of 
Ricardo," presented In conjunction 
with the personal appearance of the 
star himself, did fairly well at the 
Metropolitan. It got off to a fairly 
good Saturday and Sunday showing, 
but, due to the probable fact that 
the house did very little exploiting 
on It, did not draw so well toward 
the end of the week. Though the 
attraction drew around the $26,000 
mark, the house did not show any 
profit, as Beban is said to have re- 
ceived a guarantee of $7,500 for the 
picture and the services of himself 
and company. 

Criterion cut loose again last week 
with a reissue Universal picture, 
"Outside the Law." This is one that 
was made featuring Priscllla Dean. 
With Lon Chaney In this picture, 
all of the exploitation was on his 
name. Result was that the house 
broke a record under Its low admis- 
sion scale by playing to around $6,- 
000 on the week. 

Grauman's Egyptian saw the flncl 
week of "The Big Parade," which 
had been in the house for half a 
year. As Grauman concentrated 
heavily on its departure and save 
three shows Sunday. business 
climbed up considerably on the week. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Metropolitan — "Loves of Ricardo" 
(Reban) (3,595; 25-65). With star 
appearing In sketch In person, did 
far better than average attraction 
Fairly good at around $26,000. 

Million Dollar— "The Gold Rush" 
(U. A.) (2,200; 25-85). Much disap- 
pointment In first week at local pop 
prices for this Chaplin. No prolop 
and Interest very slim. Poor at ap- 
proximately $17,000. 

Grauman's Egyptian — "The Rig 
Parade" (M-G-M) (1,800; 60-$1.50). 
[Final week brought rush. About 
$20,000. 

Loew's State — "Tramp. Tramp, 
Tramp" (F. N.) (2,300; 25-$l). 
Harry Langdon best of comics so 
far as draw is concerned to play 
this house. Initial feature appear- 
ance broke two of dally house rec- 
ords, Friday and Sunday, with final 
gross $31,500. 

Criterion— "Outside the "Law" (IT) 
(1,600; 25-35). Reissue a darb. 
Drew more people to this house than 
any other since low admission scale 
resorted to. Close to $6-000. Plenty 
of profit for house. Lon Chaney 
heavily starred. 

Forum— "Stella Dallas" (U. A.) 
(1,800; 25-75). Hopped ahead of 
fourth week and finished the fifth 
close to $8,600. Lenves Wednesday 
(May 12). "La Roheme," at $1.05 
top. opening Thursday (May 13). 

Figueroa — "Fifth Avenue" (P. D. 
C.) (1.650; 25-75). Good picture 
without names to draw them to this 
neighborhood house. Trade very 
light, onlv about $5,000. 

(Copyright, m«, by Variety, Im.) 



STAGE ACT HELD STATE 
0UT0F W-$11,0(K 



Other Minneapolis Film House 
Way Off Last Week— 'Greater 
Glory' Fell to $4,000 



•Ypres' Has Canadian Forces 



—$4,000 Last Week at 
St. John's Imperial 



$29,000, CHICAGO LAST WEEK, 
LOOP'S LOWEST FOR MONTHS 



St John, N. B., May 11. 
Daylight saving time became ef- 
fective here last week, another 
trouble for the exhibitor. Owing 
to chilly weather, particularly at 
night, there was little effect on the 
box office. The major effect of the 
daylight saving time will develop 
In about two weeks, when the 
weather becomes warmer. Amateur 
twilight baseball on city dumps and 
motoring will become the chief op- 
position. 

High spots in local bills last week 
were "Yprcs," historical film pro- 
duced In England of Canadian sol- 
diers in action during the war. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Imperial (1.600; 35-50), "Ypres." 
Produced under supervision of Brit- 
ish War Council in England, and 
Minneapolis* May 1L based on defense of Ypres. Bel- 
Elements conspired to deal ft glum, by Canadian Expeditionary 
knockout blow to business at the Joree. Opening and closing Thurs- 

. . t . . _. , . I day, and reverting to $5c. top. 

movie houses last week. Sissle and « SkInner . 8 Dresa suit" (U.), one of 

Blake, tip-top local favorites, helped I the few single day showings at this 

the State to survive mid -summer I house. Friday and Saturday, 

h«&t Ted Lewie and his musical I "That's My Baby"; $4,000. 
heat. Ted Lewie and ma musical i Uniqu# (850 . 26)f -Heart of a 

clowns pulled no Inconsiderable slre n" (1st N.), first half. Second 
number into the Hennepin -Orpheum I film starring Barbara La Marr here 
in the face of 86' temperatures; but|» lnco her death. Final half "Range 
the other theatres looked at eve- I Buzsards" (Lariat), western; $1,100. 
ning, as well as matinee perform- I *** < 90 °: 25 >» " To ° Mucn 

ances as though a boycott had been I Money (1st N.), for Monday and 
instituted against them. Tuesday, despite acting 

If the State hadn't had Sissle and I Stone uninteresting film 
Bloke, it Likely would have been in 
the "red" for the first time in many, 
many months. These two colored 
artists, however, drew In enough 
trade to keep the house in the win- 
ning column. 

Estimates for Last Week 
8tate (2,040; 60)— "First Year" 
(Fox) and Sissle and Blake. Pic- 
ture well liked, but "Shuffle Along" 
stars responsible for most of draw; 
$11,000. 

Garrick (1,829; SO) — "Desert Heal- 
er" (F. N.) and a tenor. Did not 
cause even a ripple; $4,209. 

8trand (1,277; 80) — "Greater 
Glory" (F. N.). Second week. 



of Lewis 
Wednes- 
day and Thursday, "Paris at Mid- 
night" (P. D. C). Final shift, 
"Fighting Buckaroos" (Fox), Buck 
Jones western, plus comedy and 
news weekly, all-Fox bill; $1,000. 

Palace (650; 20), "'My Son" (1st 
N.), Monday and Tuesday. "Three 
Faces East" (P. D. C), Wednesday 
and Thursday. "All* Around Frying 
Pan" (F. B. O.), Fred Thomson 
western, for week's finale, together 
with "The Love Bug," Pathe com- 
edy; $600. 

Gaiety (600; 20). "The Bad Lands" 
(P. D. C.K Monday and Tuesday, 
plus "Sneezing Beezers," comedy. 
My Son" (1st N.). Wednesday and 

After profitable" W^wVekT picture' 1 T£ u ™ da £\ -"T^E? J* ce * „ East " 
tnnu tori-iHi* A™ w.o»w n.rti v I C.) and "Bankrupt Honey- 

moon** (Fox), short comedy, Friday 



took terrible flop. Weather partly 
to blame* Under $4,000. 



Lyric (1.200; 36)-*THemory Lane" M g J?! 1 "^ ' * 500 n 200 . 

if BOO. ' ^ ***** ~ H^ure H C?rs** "(P.)! 

half week. "The Nit 



26)— "Golden Prin- 
Suffered along with 



Aster (896; 
cess" (Fox), 
rest; $2,200. 

Hennepin- Orpheum (2,882; 60-88) 
—"Free to Love" (A. B.) and raude- 



25-36). 
opening 

week. "The Night Cry" 
(Warn.) and Larry Semon short 
comedy last half. House announces 
an old-time fiddling competition, the 
first here, although small centers 
all through eastern Canada have 



"Stella Dallas/ 9 2d Week, Fell to $17,000, from 
$28,000 1st Week— McVicker's, $22,000, Only 
Healthy One Last Week — New Oriental Open 



2D SUNDAY IN PROV. 
SAVED BY LATE RAIN 



Majestic High Last Week With 
$8,500, But Rialto's $6, 
Better Showing 



• II 



vllle. Ted Lewis, big drawing card ~* "*™ u *" 

here, boosted trade. PicTure^unt- I W .arranging these- contests since 
ed for little; $17,000. 



Pantages (1,664; 60) — "Other 
Women's Husbands" (Warners') and 
vaudeville. Picture well liked and 
advertised In more sensational 
fashion than any film atractlon of 
recent memory, but unsuccessful In 
combatting the heat; $4,800. 

Seventh St. (1,480; 60)— "Lover's 
Tsland" and vaudeville. Adversely 
affer-ted Tnv wenther; $5,100. 

(Coprrftfit, 1020, by Variety, la*.) 



last fall; $1,200. 

tOvsyifcfcft, It**, by Variety, 



) 



BUFFALO, FILM, ACT AND 
PRESENTATION, $22, 



hi 



Sea-Battle Mishap 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Sixteen actors working In a battle 
scene In "Old Ironsides" were res- 
cued from the ocean when a ship 
participating in the fight (filming 
the battle of Tripoli) crashed on a 
reef and sank Immediately. Rescues 
were made by the crew of the D. M. 
RJston. 

Thirty-eight wooden ships were 
used in this battle, and 3,000 extras 
were employed. 



$20,000 in Milwaukee, Big; 
Wisconsin Down to $15,000 

Milwaukee, May 11. 

With a sudden change In tem- 
peratures from mid-winter blasts to 
mid -summer sultriness Milwaukee 
held Its own during the past week, 
caused probably by the "names'* at 
the theatres. 

Dnvidson, playing legit stock, 
marked up a record when "Lom- 
bardl, Ltd.," with Leo Carrlllo as 
guest-star hit around $20,000. A 
style show in addition helped bocst 
this gross. Two burlesque houses, 
bucking each other on stock policy, 
wero both knocked down hard, 
neither of the two going over $3,600 
on the week. 

Duo to tho opening of the new 
neighborhood house, the Tower, the 
Saxe people neglected their down- 
town houses a bit In advertising, 
and as a result the Saxe downtown 
playhouses, with the Wisconsin 
lead 1 up, fell off a bit 

Estimates for Last Week 

Alhambra — "Cohens and Kellys" 
(3,000; 00). With high house mark 
to shoot at, set by "Sea Beast" In its 
first week, this Universal house 
came within $150 of It, doing about 
$20,000, leading the street. Stand- 
out business nearly every night. 

Wisconsin— "Kiki" (3,600; 60-60). 
Despite Norma Talmadge drawing 
card here, Wisconsin was hit by 
Tower publicity and dropped under 
$15,000. Nicely profitable, but lower 
than usual. 

Strand — "The Barrier" (1,200; 
26-50. With Llchter's band also 
puller, got $8,000. 

Merrill— Ibanez's "Torrent" (1,000; 
25-50) Hearst advertising in two 
papers helped this picture in second 
week, but flop generally at around 
$4,000. 

Garden— "Outside the Law" (1,000; 
25-50). Lon Chnney's name helped; 
$4.soo. 

(OpyrlfM, 19t«, by Variety, Ine.) 



Buffalo, May 11. 

Taxings fell off slightly again last 
week, all of the downtown houses 
receiving about an even break at the 
hands of the public. 

The Buffalo, which looked for 
heavy business by virtue of the Van 
and Schenck special engagement, 
which failed to hold up to the pre 
ceding week's figure. Some part of 
this fall-off was due to the fact that 
the feature act did not receive the 
proper publicity, the picture befwg 
billed above the singing attraction 
In all of the publicity. 

Last Week's estimates 

Buffalo (3,600; 30-40-60)— "Infat- 
uation." Van and Schenck, "Bride's 
Fantasy" (presentation). Busiiioss 
dropped over preceding week. Van 
and Schenck took precedence over 
everything In the show. Matinee 
business light, which probably ac 
counts for drop. Would seem that 
with heavy-salaried feature act such 
as Van and Schenck coupled with a 
weak picture vaudeville feature 
should have received more attention 
in the publicity. Not over $22,000. 

Loew's (3,400; 35-50)— "Beverly of 
Graustark" and vaudeville. Picture 
gonerally pronounced one of best 
seen at the house in weeks, failed 
to excite much In way of additional 
takings; $14,000. 

Hip (2.400; 50)— "Beautiful Citv." 
flrst half; "Bluebeards Seven 
Wives," second half. I<irst split 
week house has played in several 
months, with majority of business 
going to first-half feature; $11,000. 

Lafayette (3,400; 35-50)— "Heart 
of Siren" and vaudeville. Bill Just 
another show. Little to upset usual 
order of business; $16,000. 

(Copyright, 1»2«, by Variety, Im.) 

Mildred Harris on Small Time 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Mildred Harris took to tho smal 
time vaudeville route last week 
when she played the Broadway 
Palace, local Ass'n. house in her 
■ketch, "If Husband's Only Knew.' 

Harry Von Meter and Harold 
Waters were In support. 



Providence, May 11. 
(Drawing Population, 300,000) 
Despite ideal spring weather, local 
houses grossed satisfactory figures 
last week. The Impetus given the 
show business here by the inno- 
vation of Sunday movies May 2 
seemed to last throughout the week. 
How much longer the "Sundays" 
will remain profitable Is being meas- 
ured by the managers in terms of 
hot weather. 

. Perfect weather last Sunday sent 
most of the city folks out Into the 
porks and on the roads, but a spring 
shower set in about 3 o'clock and 
brought them all home again. The 
movie houses, in consequence, stood 
them up without exception during 
the late afternoon and evening. It 
was even a bigger Sunday than the 
first one a week before. 

Final checkup at the end of the 
week showed the Strand way up in 
the lead. With "Clothes Make the 
Pirate" and Mike Arlen's "Dancer 
of Paris," Manager Reed banked 
as considerable a sum as the box 
office has taken In for some time. 
Local opinions differed about 
"Clothes Make the Pirate," some 
contending that it was simply silly, 
but the majority asserting that it 
was a wow. 

The Majestic and the Rlalto ran 
neck and neck. Comparing the size 
of the theatres, the Rlalto, with 
"Oh, What a Nurse!" and "The 
Night Cry" drew far more heavily 
than the Majestic, which showed 
"The Blind Goddess" and "Hearts 
and Spangles." 

Eat i mates for Last Week 
Strand— (2,200; 16-40). "Clothes 
Make the Pirate" (1st N). Leon Er- 
rol liked on whole. "The Dancer of 
Paris (1st N) with Dorothy Mack- 
aill variously received, but success 
with majority. Extra big at $8,500. 

Majestic — 2.500; 10-40). "The 
Blind Ooddess" (F. P.) not so good 
as deserved. "Hearts and Spangles" 
(Columbia) adequate second -fea- 
ture. $6,000. 

Rialto— (,448; 16-40). "Oh. What 
a Nurse!" (Warner) liked by 
alL "Night Cry" (Warner) with 
Rin-Tln-Tln; good, according to 
whether you like animals. $6,000. 

Victory— (1,960; 16-40). The Ex- 
quisite Sinner" (M. G.) far-fetched, 
but appealing. "Lazybones" (Fox) 
poorer half of bill. $5,500. 

This Week 
Strand. "Mile. Modiste," "Test of 
Donald Norton"; Majestic, "Social 
Celebrity," "Out of the Storm"; Rl- 
alto, "The Bat," "Racing Romance"; 
Victory, "The Barrier," "Early to 
Wed." 

(Copyright, IMS, by Variety, Ine.) 



Chicago, May li. 
Loop topsy-turvy last week. Its 



"HUR" LEAVING BOSTON 



■G.- 



Hanging Around $10,000 — "Parade 
Will Linger, $13,000 

Boston, May 11. 
(Drawing Population, 850,000) 

"Ben-Hur" Is due to leave the 
Colonial the end of this week. It 
has not been announced, however, 
if another picture will go into the 
house for the balance of the sum- 
mer. 

"Hur" picture has not been hold- 
ing up; the past few weeks it has 
been dropping off steadily. Last 
week the gross wafl reported at $10,- 
000, without any indication that 
business would increase. 

"The Big Parade." which came in 
a little In advance of "Ben -Hur," is 
being kept at the Majestic, with 
nothing as yet to indicato that It 
will be withdrawn. I/ast week the 
business was reported at $13,000. 

The Fairbanks picture, "The 
Black Pirate," opened at the Tre- 
mont last night, with the house 
sr.aled at $1.50 top and with two 
performances daily. It is scheduled 
to stay four weeks. 

(Copyright. 1020, by Variety. Ine.) 



Bebe Did a Wales 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Bebe Daniels' next picture, M Thc 
College Flirt," won't go into produc- 
tion until May $1, Instead of May 16. 

The delay Is caused by the re- 
cent accident In which Miss Daniels 
fell from her horse. 



bottom fell out and grosses dropped 
to the lowest in 10 months, with 
the Chicago down to $29,000. "Stella 
Dallas," after a big first week at 
the Roosevelt, tobogganed to $17,- 
000.. Orpheum, the Randolph and 
the Monroe, first-run houses, all 
toppled, while "Ben-Hur" and "The 
Big Parade" went out at the low- 
est figure of their runs. 

McVicker's was the sole except 
tion. The house registered $22,000* 
the same tally as the week previous, 
and It looks as If the new policy will 
find favor. It seems a matter of 
Paul Ash, and It is the Oriental, not 
McVicker's, that will be the hard 
house to put over, according to 
early dope following the Friday 
night Invitation opening of the new 
house. The Oriental will need all of 
tho prestige of Paul Ash to put it 
across, and Paul Ash in the Oriental 
will hurt the Chicago, around the 
corner, more than it will hurt Mc- 
Vicker's, from the present perspec- 
tive on the situation. 

The weather, very warm and 
out-of-doorish, was partly respon- 
sible for last week's bad business, 
but commonplace film attractions 
helped. The Chicago had "The 
Barrier"; not liked by the fans be- 
cause of its trick photography, 
which occasioned unfavorable com- 
ment. 

Estimates for Last Week 

- Chicago — "The Barrier" (M 
M.) (4,100; 60-75). $29,000, 
against $35,000 week before. 

Garrick— "Big Parade" (M.-G.-M.; 
10th and final week). Strongest $a 
film to play Chicago In years. Went 
out at $12,000. completing great pic- 
ture run. House gets "Betty Dear," 
musical comedy. 

McVicker's— "High Steppers (F 4 
P.) (2,400; 60). Intelligent handling 
of house since Paul Ash left may 
set definite clientele that will offset 
loss of maestro. Henri Gendron and 
Jesting Jazzers liked, but continu- 
ance problematic, due to trouble 
with musicians' union. Last week 
again $?2,000; very good. In view 
of general slump, and equaling gross 
of previous week. 

Monroe— "Hell's 400" (Fox) (973; 
50). This Fox program feature 
couldn't draw against depression; 
n.noo. 

Oriental — "Tramp, Tramp. Tramp** 
(F. N.) (2,900; 60-76). B. & K. 
opened house with job stil unfin- 
ished, as at Uptown last summer. 
Made young fortune Saturday grind* 
ing from 8:30 a. m. Until midnight. 
Private opening night before. Harry 
Langdon's first full-length comedy 
flrst feature. 

Orpheum — "Hell-Bent fer Heav- 
en" (Warner's) (776; 60). Tooth- 
less version of Pulitzer prize play 
seen here last season; $7,400; weak* 

Randolph — "Watch Your Wife" 
(U.) (650; 60). $4,600. 

Roosevelt— "Stella Dallas" (U. A.; 
2d week) (1,400; 60-76). Terrible 
drop on this one; $17,000. Fell from 
$28,000 first week. 

Woods — "Bon - Hur" (M.-CJ.-M.; 
13th and final week). $8,000; house 
diirU th's we"i.\ :\nd miybe lonirer. 

(CopyriirM. 10*6. by Variety, Ine.) 

Peggy Joyce with Film 
Asking $5,000 Weekly 

Buffalo, May It. 

Peffgy Hopkins Joyce appearing; 
in person with "The Skyrocket" at 
the Lafayette Square here this week 
is reported as receiving $3,500 for 
the week in addition to $700 for the 
picture rental. 

Added to this the house Kuaran- 
tees to spend $2,000 in extra pub- 
licity during the week. Local ex- 
perts figure that the theatre will 
have to do at least $800 per n&t 
extra In order to take care of the 
additional overhead. 

This is the second week of Mi»" 
Joyce's personal appearances, her 
first week in Detroit reported a» 
having opened heavy but falling: 
away before the end of the engage- 
ment. V 

The atVactlon Is known to have 
been offered to other Buffalo houses 
at a figure around $5,000 for both 
picture nnd the star. 



John Waters* 6-Year Contract 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
John Waters, who recently di- 
rected "Born to the We.<f tor 
Famous Players, has »>^n p.lac-od 
under a five-year contract with tliat 
organization. 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



DEM' FALLS UNDER $14000; 
LEAVING COHAN FOR EMBASSY 



lilt Week a Dropper for All Broadway — "Parade" 
Also Felt It — Other Specials Out— Capitol Got 
$49,000 — Strand, $33, 



in i 



Fine weather of last week with 
racing and baseball as counter 
afternoon attractions resulted In a 
fensral falling off In the Broad- 
ly picture palaces around Times 
■Quare. Only two houses maintain- 
ed anything like their near average 
for business: Capitol, which, with 
"Brown of Harvard," pulled $49,- 
146.45. and the Strand, with "The 
greater Glory," a picture panned 
by the press, with the receipts $33,- 
S00. 

Everything else In town was off. 
Bven "The Big Parade", dropped 
•bout $500 from what it did the 
week before and registered the low- 
est receipts the picture has had 
since opening on Broadway. It is 
now in Its 25th week at the Astor 
and the current week should And 
it nearly hitting the $500,000 mark 
In receipts at that theatre for the 
run thus fur. 

In the other regular picture 
bouses the Rlvoli with "Skinner's 
Dress Suit" got $23,300 while at the 
Rialto Harold Lloyd's "For Heaven's 
Bake" finished with $21,800 to its 
credit at the end of the fifth week. 

The Colony with "The Midnight 
Bun" in its second week at legiti- 
mate house prices did $13,527 and 
the picture was withdrawn Satur- 
day, followed by a revival of the 
eight-year old "Outside the Law" 
Sunday, with the house reverting 
to a grind policy and popular prices. 
At Warner's where "Hell Bent Fer 
Heaven" held forth the box office 
showed $12,225, the lowest the 
house has had since "The Sea 
Beast" left and it returned to a 
grind. "The Sea Beast" at the little 
Cameo in Its second week got $4,- 
449. 

Two of the specials left Saturday 
after extended runs. "The Black 
Pirate" finished at the Selwyn with 
business down to around $10,000, 
and "Stella Dallas" slipped out of 
the Apollo after 24 weeks with the 
final week under $5,000. "The Volga 
Boatman" in its fifth week at the 
Times square finishes Sunday (May 
16). 

One of the big wallops of the 
street is that "Ben-Hur" has 
dropped two weeks running under 
the stop limit of $14,000 set for the 
Cohan theatre and leaves the end 
of next week, going to 600-seat 
Embassy where the same $1.10 and 
$2.20 scale of prices will be main- 
tained. Last week the gross at the 
Cohan was down to $11,110. 

"La Boheme," which leaves the 
Embassy next week, will have com- 
pleted 13 weeks at the house. Last 
week's receipts showed $6,727, while 
at the Criterion "Mare Nostrum" 
got $7,724.75. 

Estimates For Last Week 

Apollo— "Stella Dallas" (Qoldwyn- 
U. A.) (1,300; $1.10-$2.20). Closed 
Sunday after completing 24-week 
run. First eight weeks had fairly 
good box office return, but balance 
was about an even break or worse. 
Final week found receipts under 
$5,000. Picture goes into the 
Capitol next week. 

Astor— "RJg Parade" (M.-G.-M.) 
(1.120; $1.10-$2.20) (25th week). 
Current week will undoubtedly find 
this picture hitting almost $500,000 
In receipts at this house. Last 
week business went to $18,902, low- 
est thus far on run. 

Cameo— "Sea Beast" (Warners) 
(549; 50-75). Second week did $4.- 
469. 

Capitol— "Brown of Harvard" (M.- 
O.-M.) (5,450; 50-$l.G5). Well re- 
ceived but with general depression 
on street failed to touch mark en- 
titling hold over. Showed $49,- 
346.45. 

Cohan — "Ben-Hur" (M.-G.-M.) 
O.H2; $1.10-$2.20) (20th week). 
Wearing the end of run at this 
house. Stop limit at Cohan $14,000. 
Dropped below for two successive 
weeks and will move to Embassy 
after n^xt week, opening at smaller 
house May 23. Last week $11,110. 

Colony — "Midnight Sun" (U.) 
O.980; $1.10-$1.65). Special failed 
to hold up here for more than two 
weeks. Revival of 8-year-old "Out- 
side the Law" at pop. prices and 
grind policy reinaugurated Sunday, 
^ast week, $13,527. 

Criterion — "Mare Nostrum" (M.- 
G.-M.) (C08; $1.10-$2.20) (12th 
Week). Dropped about $300 last 
week, returns showing $7,723.75. 

Embassy— "La Bohemo" (M.-G.- 
5J-) (600; $1.10-$2.20) (12th week). 
£ext week final for picture here. 
$6,727. 

Rialto— "For Heaven's Sake" 
(Lloyd, F. p.-r,.) (1,960; 35-50-73- 
3J ). Sixth and final week for Lloyd 
cornody Last week about $21,800. 
*nls gave picture) total of $163,060 
on flve weeks. GIHl a Gray In per- 
a °n and on screen in "Aloma" opens 



"GOLD RUSH" CUT SHORT 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

The unexpected flop of "The Gold 
Rush" has cut Its stay in the Mil- 
lion Dollar to three weeks. "Kikl" 
is scheduled to open May 20. 

The Chaplin picture was to have 
been held in for six weeks. 



LANGD0N SHOT AHEAD 
IN PORTLAND TO $8,500 

Early Warm Weather Too 
Much Opposition— Light 
Grosses Generally 



Portland, Ore., May 11. 
Local houses did not fare so well 
this week, for the warm weather 
drove them to the parks and 
beaches. The week's money leader 
was Harry Langdon'a "Tramp, 
Tramp, Tramp" at .he Liberty. It 
got near $8,500, in spite of the heat. 
"That Royle Girl' at the Majestic, 
which created muci publicity, ow- 
ing to the Censorship Hoard's deci- 
sion in canceling it, could not click 
big, as expected. Got $h,000 for the 
week, though, and held over. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Liberty (2,200; 35-50). "Tramp. 
Tramp, Tramp" (1st N.). Harry 
Langdon looks like money for this 
town, having draw from local 
vaudeville fans. Around $8,500. 

Columbia (822; 36-50). "Skin- 
ner's Dress Suit" (U). Did not pull 
as big as previous Denny's features. 
This house is using an act, usually 
operatic type, and proving highly 
satisfactory. Around $5,200. Held 
over. 

Rivoli (1,210; 35-50). "Beverly 
of Graustark" (M. G.) Drew well at 
$7,400. 

People's (936; 30-45). "Kikl" (1st 
N.) This 900-seater evidently be- 
coming second-run for circuit's lo- 
cal theatres. Pictures going big at 
Liberty rushed In here following 
week. Do better than under ordi- 
nary run. Gross jumped to $4,000. 

Majestic (1.000; 35-50). "That 
Royle Girl" (1st N.) Picture cut 
by censors, with public discouraged, 
with* girls' band brought fair rating 
at $5,500. Held over. 

Blue Mouse (850; 25). "Sea 
Beast" (Warners). John Barry- 
more great draw. Film at Heilig for 
Ihree days at advanced scale earlier 
in season. At thin house at 25c. 
drew in hordes; $5,100 exceptional. 
Held over. 

(Oopyrlrht, IMS, by Variety, Inc.) 

HEAT IN WASH. 

With Film Grosses Tumbling Last 
Wsek 



STANLEY, $%500, 
AND FOX, $19,000 
BIG GAINS 



Philly Houses Picked Up 
Last Week — Not Sensa- 
tionally Though 



Washington, May 11. 

(White Population, 380,000) 

Everything did a terrific tumble 
here last week. Got away to a fair 
start before the heat hit. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Columbia— Harold Lloyd In "For 
Heaven's Sake" (F. P.) (1,232; 35- 
50). Third week. About $6,500. 

Metropolitan — "Other Women's 
Husbands (F. N.) (1,542; 35-50). 
No one particularly excited over 
tllm. Had some appeal with women. 
Gene Austin on stage. About $7,000. 

Palace— "The Runaway" (F. P.) 
(2,432; 35-50). Pleasing picture. 
Near $7,500. 

Rialto— "Gilded Butterfly" (1,978; 
.15-50). Fritzi Scheff on stage; 
$8,500. 

This Wssk 

Columbia. "Blind Goddess"; Met- 
ropolitan, "Mile. Modiste"; Palace, 
"Let's Get Married"; "Itialto, "Still 
Alarm." 

(Copyright, 1»2«, by Variety, Ine.) 



with special midnight performance 

' Rivoli— "Skinner's Dress Suit" 
(U.) (2.200; 35-50-75-99). Reginald 
I\nny in this remade comedy drew 
$23,300 last week, below average 
for house, although about $3,000 
better than week previously. 

Selwyn — "Black Pirate" (Fair- 
banks. U. A.) (1.080; $l.l0-$2.20). 
Last week final one, dropping to al- 
most $10,000. 

Strand— "Greater Glory" (F. N.) 
(2,900; 35-50-75). Although daily 
proper notices bad dM $33,200. 

Times Square— "Volga Boatman" 
(DeMillc, P. D. C.) (1.036: $1.10- 
$2.20). Final week. It will give 
total of five weeks on Broadway. 
Around $7,300 last week. 

Warner's— ' HH1 Brnt Fer Heaven ' 
(Warners) (1,360; 50-75). Pulitzer 
prize plav In screen form made by 
Stuart BInrkton turned In worst 
grosn this house has had slnrc^ re- 
turning to grind policy. $ 1 1M'-.'. 

(Copyright, 1»S6. »»y Variety. Ine.) 



Philadelphia, May 11. 

Nothing notable In the film busi- 
ness downtown last week. As a 
whole the week wasn't quite as no- 
ticeably bad as the previous one 
had been. 

The Stanley staged a comeback, 
though not a great one, with Colleen 
Moore in "Irene," which did about 
$26,500, 

The Stanton held Its own with the 
third week of "For Heaven's Sake." 
About $10,000. This Lloyd picture, 
however, has not been as notable as 
some of his others. Its run is listed 
to end this week. 

The Fox had a great surrounding 
bill and also gained, both Ukulele 
Ike and Aaronson's Commanders 
pulling more strongly than the pic- 
ture, "Stella Marls," which was 
panned by most of the critics. The 
combination did about $19,000 — 
great for this time of year and a 
further tribute to the fine comeback 
this house has staged recently. 

The Arcadia did so well with "The 
Dancer of Paris" that it was unex- 
pectedly held over. 

Business was surprisingly satis- 
factory without being big. Film 
people are again 'encouraged for 
summer continuance by all houses 
with the possible exception of the 
Arcadia. 

The Stanton has "The Bat" to fol- 
low "For Heaven's Sake,** which 
means that "Stella Dallas" has been 
again held up. Many believe that 
this indicates that "Dallas" will 
eventually come into the Aldlne, 
seemingly the best house for it 

This Week 

This week's lineup of pictures 
holds out a fair amount of promise. 
Stanley has "The Blackbird," Karl- 
ton "The Lucky Lady/* Fox "Si- 
beria." This, together with "Bo- 
heme" and the two holdovers, "For 
Heaven's Sake" and "The Dancer of 
Paris," completes the 'lineup. 

In the matter of presentation, the 
Stanley has Tom Brown and his 
minstrels as the big feature, also 
Helena March, soloist. Fox has 
Aunt Jemima, Aaronson's Comman- 
ders (held over) and Hazel Bond, 
soloist. 

Estimates for Last Week 

8tanley (4,000; 35-50-75)— "Irene" 
(1st N ). Colleen Moore big follow- 
ing here. Although picture panned 
by some critics, business good, with 
about $26,500; nice gain. 

Stanton (1,700; 35-50-76) — "For 
Heaven's Sake" (F. H., 3d week). 
This week last for Lloyd comedy. 
It has done well but not tremen- 
dously. Last week about $10,000, 
maybe bit under. 

Aldine (1,500; $2)— "La Boheme" 
(M.-G.-M.). Opened this week, but 
not figured for longer than a month 
at outside. 

Bio Parade" — Made gain and got 
$12,000 in last week of long stay. 

Fox (3.0C0; 99)— "Stella Marls" 
(Fox). Picture not very well liked, 
but stage bin, Including Ukulele 
Ike and Aaronson's Commanders, 
held up business to fine gain; about 
$19,000. 

Arcadia (800; 50)— "The Dancer 
of Paris" (P. N.). Unexpectedly good 
business, with $3,500. 

Karlton (1,100; 60)— "Crown of 

Lies." Just so-so, with about $2;000 

reported. 

(Copyright, lMf, by Variety, Ine.) 

S. A. DISTRIBUTION 



PAPER THEATRES EXCITE BALTO; 
EVEN K -A PICKING UP HABIT 



Chaplin's "Gold Rush'*" Thud on 2d Run, $8,000— 
"Tower of Lies," with > Stan, Not So Good— 
$10,500 tW "Nars," Best Showing Last Week 



New Orleans, May 11. 

The Saenger Theatres and Robert 
Wilcox, distributor of pictures In 
Panama, have formed a corporation 
to be known as the Wllcox-Saenger 
Company, Inc. Wilcox is presi- 
dent; E. V. Richards, vice-presi- 
dent; Frank Scott, secretary, and 
L. M. Ash, treasurer. 

The new corporation will han- 
dle theatres and the distribution of 
films in Panama, West Indies and 
Central and South Americas. 

Wilcox books and operates 36 
theatre's in Panama. He is a plo- 
r.eer distributor there. 



Baltimore, May 11. 

This town Is in the midst of the 
greatest picture theatre construc- 
tion boom known here since the 
passing of the 6-cent picture par- 
lors. Most of the activity is still 
In the blue print stage, but allow- 
ing for the usual discount, the city 
stands a good chance of acquiring 
6,000 or 7,000 more seats within the 
18 months. 

Following persistent rumors and a 
local press story to the effect that 
the projected Stanley- Crandall the- 
atre on the Academy site was in- 
definitely delayed, a Washington 
official of that organization an- 
nounced that work of clearing the 
site would begin within the next 
several weeks. A local representa- 
tive of the Mastbaums declared he 
had not been advised of any change 
of plans and that the reports of 
insecure foundation on the Academy 
site were groundless. An earlier re- 
port had declared that the Stanley- 
C rand all engineers reported only 
five feet of foundation, whereas the 
projected theatre calls for 12 feet. 

Meanwhile Frederick C. Schan- 
berger, head of the Kernan The- 
atrical Enterprises, announces the 
Keith -Albee people will erect a large 
picture theatre in Baltimore. The 
report followed closely on the heels 
of the K-A announcement of a buy- 
In on P. D. C. No announcement 
of a site was made. 

Another up-town site now looms 
as a possible picture house location. 
The big lot on North and Mary- 
land, bought from the State of 
Maryland for a Hotel Shelton proj- 
ect, has been taken over by a new 
holding company. Plans for im- 
provement are still indefinite, but a 
persistent rumor points to a combi- 
nation hotel and theatre with Wil- 
liam Fox taking the theatre end 
of it. 

8potty Last Week 
Last week was spotty in the box 
offices. The majority were off, only 
the Rivoli and the Warner- Metro- 
politan reporting outstanding weeks. 
At the Rivoli the picture had little 
to do with it Warlng's Pennsyl- 
vanians were on the program, and 
did their usual capacity business. 
Warner-Metropolitan found Syd 
Chaplin in "Oh, What a Nurse" fine 
b. o. material, and the week was 
big. The Century eased off some- 
what with "Tower of Lies" and 
Charlie Chaplin failed to ring the 
box office bell at the big Hipp. 

The Embassy has not yet re- 
covered from the box office nose 
dive of several weeks back. Fol- 
lowing a difference with Berman 
over policy. La Rose retired from 
the management of the Embassy 
and is succeeded by Cherry. The 
house dropped to 65 -cent top scale. 
This conforms with the across-the- 
street RlvolL The management an- 



nounce this as a summer cut only. 
It was what La Rose had a*ked for. 
When refused, he qu't 

Estimates for Last Week 

Century— "Tower of Lies" (3.000; 
30-65). Critics lavish in praise of ' 
Chaney in, new type role. Norma 
Shearer popular here, but combina- 
tion of stars failed to develop draw 
expected. Around $11,000. 

Rivoli— "Reckless Lady" C2,300: 
35-65). Pleased, but not plctnre 
that got house practically capacity 
throughout. Warlng's Pennsylva- 
nlans on stage and deserve credit 
for draw. Started capacity and hit 
nightly. 

Warner- Met— "Oh, What a Nurse" 
(1,300; 25-50). Syd Chaplin got 
Warner Brothers' local box office 
largest week's gross cash business 
since first week of "Sea Beast." 
Excellent. About $10,500. 

New— "For Heaven's Sake" (2d 
week. (1,800; 26-50). This Harold 
Lloyd not up to "Freshman" stand- 
ard and failed to touch hold-over 
week's figures of earlier comedy. 
Heavily exploited and adroitly han- 
dled; with second week $8,000 

Embassy— "Let's Get Married" 
(1,500; 35-65). Richard DIx film 
previously announced for previous 
week, but changed at last moment 
for "Count of Luxembourg" Ar- 
rived week late, but failed to de- 
velop outstanding b. o. potentialities. 
House not yet out of rut into which 
it plunged with "New Klondike sev- 
eral weeks back. Business still de- 
cidedly off. 

Hippodrome— "Gold Rush" (2d 
run). (3,300; 26-50). Following dis- 
astrous second week in crack Rivoli 
when playing first run little ex- 
pected of Chaplin film in big combi- 
nation house and little realized. Off 
week with picture handed most of 
blame. About $8,A00. 

Psrkway — "Storm Breaker" 
(1,400; 26-60). Business eased off 
after good showing previous week 
with second run "Beverly.** House) 
averages fair business, and got Just 
about that with this one. Say $2,600. 

Garden — "Under Western Skies" 
(3,000; 25-60). Big combination 
house missed leading cowboy heroes) 
and business lightened sympathetic- 
ally. Week far from bad. About 
$9,000. 

Ford's — (60c). "Naked Truth .• 
Legit season over and m> x sensa- 
tional booked in to pick up change 
from shock absorbers. Found pick- 
ings anything but good. Returns 
light. 

This Wssk 

Century, "Brown of Harvard"; 1 
Embassy, "The Wanderer"; Oar- 
den, "The Phantom Bullet"; Hip- 
nod ro me. "Wild Oats Lane"; War- 
.ier-Met, "Why Girls Go Back 
Home"; New. "Desert Gold"; Park- 
way, "For Heaven's Sake"; Rivoli, 
"High Steppers." 

(Copyright, lttS, by Variety, Ine.) 



Is Very Low 
% For Maistreet, K. C. 

(Drawing Population, 600,000) 

Kansas. City, May 11. 

Lewis Stone, Adolphe Mcnjou, 
Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymoro and 
Rod La Rocque last week. But box 
office reports just middling. The 
alibi was weather and roads too 
good, with gasoline cheap. 

The Newman Is spending a bunch 
of money for publicity for the Pub- 
lix entertainment trade-mark, etc., 
and is using elaborate display 
notices in the daily press. 

In addition to Its "Isle of Retribu- 
tion," on the screen Pantages of- 
fered one of the best vaudeville bills 
of the season, with Charles Athoff 
drawing the greater part of the ap- 
plause. 

The Liberty's feature, "Outside 
the Law." reissue, did as much as a 
newer picture in the off week. It 
would have taken something un- 
usual to get 'em In. 

Estimates for Lsst Week 

Newman— "A Social Celebrity" 
(V. P.) (1,890; 35*60). Frank Cam- 
bria's "Garden Festival" on stage. 
One of most colorful offerings here 
since Publix units started. Met 
with more favor than Its prede- 
cessor, "Moments from Grand 
Opera," by same producer. Busi- 
ness off, but hit $11,800. 

Royal— "The Barrier" (M.-G.-M.) 
(920; 35-50). Takings, $4,200. 

Mainstreet — "Too Much Money" 



FRISCO HELD UP 



No Alibis on Coast— $21,000 at 
Warfield 



(3.200; 



I5-5 



0). 



Also live arts. 



Business not good; only $11,000. 

Liberty— "Outside the Law" (U.) 
<27,- r o0). Reissue; $7,100. 

Pantages screened "The. IhIo of 
Retribution" and gavo excellent 
variety bill. Globe's picture. 
"Hraveheart," In connection with 
musical stock. 

(Copyright, 1936, by Xmtlrtf, The,) 



San Francisco, May 11. 

Normal weather conditions and 
other things being equal, business 
generally was satisfactory at the 
box offices of the pleture houses last 
week. The Warfield agnln stepped 
into the lead. Harry Langdon'a 
"Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" was the 
medium that brought an unusually 
big opening and a steady patronage. 
Even the matinees held up better 
than ordinarily. 

Second position fell to the Gra- 
nada with "Sea Horses." The title 
was against the feature, and only 
average business resulted. The fact 
that it was Eddie Peabody's final 
week as a musical attraction did 
much to help receipts. 

"Stella Dalian," at the Imperial, 
more or less of a disappointment 
the opening week showed an In- 
crease. 

Estimates for Lsst Week 

California— (2,400; 65-90.) "Reck- 
less Lady" (F. P.). Management 
featured Belle Bennett heavily. 
Gross better than normal; $12,000. 

Granada — (2,734; 65-90.) "Sea 
Horses" (P. P.). Title hurt. Only 
average business; $18,000. 

Imperial— (1,300; 65-90). "Stella 
Dallas'' (U. A ). Second week and 
material pickup; $11,000. 

St. Francis— (1.400; CfT-OO). "La 
Boheme" (M-G-M). Pulled from 
start. Opening two days very big. 
Looks in for profitable run; $14,000. 

Warfield— (2.840; 65-90). "Trump. 
Tramp, Tramp" (F. N.). First full 
length comedy of Harry I^angdon's 
got away to splendid opening. Pic- 
ture clicked. Matinee business 
through we« k bigger tbr\n ordlnnr- 
II v l.«-d v»r.-«'t in receipts. $21,000. 

«up> H*ht, 1926, by Variety, Ine.) 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



BOOKING OFFICE FOR NAMES' AND ACTS 
FOR NEW STANLEY THEATRE COMBINATION 



Present Stanley Houses in Keith-Albee Agency Re- 
maining There for Present — No Other Stanley 
Houses to Be Booked by K-A — Complete Organ- 
ization for Stanley Booking Office with John 
McKeon in Charge; — Profiting by Publix's 
"Presentation" Experiment 



The newly amalgamated picture 
house interest* comprising the the- 
atre holdings of the associated 
lj-aanchlse holders In First Na- 
tional had their first booking meet- 
ing yesterday in the offices of the 
Stanley Company in New York. At 
this meeting it waa agreed that for 
the present each of the theatre 
chain would do its booking Indi- 
vidually, but through the Stanley 
office, which will be operated on a 5 
per cent, commission basis. Nv ef- 
fort will be n.ade for the present to 
route any attraction for more than 
the individual booker wants to 
offer in the way of time. 

The general trend of thought Is 
that "names" are the essential 
thing as far as attractions are con- 
cerned. To this end, yesterday 
(Tuesday) Eddie Dowllng was 
booked for about six weeks of the 
Stanley time and Louis Mann was 
lined up for both Philadelphia and 
Atlantic City 

In speaking of the future of the 
Stanley-contr- Jed houses, as far as 
their connection with the Kelth- 
Albee office is concerned, Jules 
Mastbaum, president of the new 
atniiatlon, stated that the Stanley 
houses in the Keith office would 
remain there for the present at 
least, but that none of the future 
houses or any of the houses in the 
affiliation would be lined up with 
the Keith-Albee organization under 
any circumstances. 

Booking Organization 

During the next month the or- 
ganization of a complete booking 
organization to handle the houses in 
the atfiliated circuit will go for- 
ward. It is figured that by the 
middle of June it will have ad- 



vanced to a stage where an attrac- 
tion will be able to secure a route 
of at least 25 weeks. For the pres- 
ent there are about 12 weeks on the 
books of the office. 

John McKeon will remain at the 
head of the Stanley booking office 
and will organize a staff to sur- 
round himself. At present the diffi- 
culty lies in getting men who are 
so equipped as to understand the 
requlreme its of the average pic- 
ture house. 

The formation of several "flash" 
acts is under consideration, and in 
this instance each one will be 
headed by a "name" that has a box 
office pulling power. 

In this respect the policy of the 
Stanley-booked houses will differ 
totally from the policy that the 
Publix Theatres inaugurated and is 
now following. The Publix be- 
lieved presentations without names 
as long as they were flashy enough 
would attract business. The ex- 
perience to date has practically 
proven the fault In their deductions 
in this regard. 

The Stanley people are out to 
profit by the Publix experience, and 
are shooting for names right from 
the start. 



Better Stage Shows 

Portland, Ore, May 11. 

Liborius Hauptmann, musical di- 
rector at the Rivoli, and formerly 
with Universal's Columbia, in Seat- 
tle, has been given a free hand in 
the way of presenting concerts and 
stage features, at the picture house. 

Last week he augmented his con- 
crt orchestra and offered a "jazz 
concert" that was J.he talk of the 
town. 



Cornerstone for 
Paramount Laid May 19 

The corner-stone of the 
Paramount -Broadway building 
will be laid at noon, May 19, 
by Mayor James J. Walker. 
Ho and Will Hays will spoak 
while Lee J. Eastman, presi- 
dent of the Broadway Associa- 
tion, will be master of cere- 
monies. 

A copper box will be placed 
beneath the stone. It will con- 
tain copies of the New York 
dailies, pieces of picture film, 
coins minted In 1926, copper 
etchings of Adolph Zukor, 
Jesse Lasky and Sidney R. 
Kent, while a plate containing 
the riamea of all the officers and 
directors of the company will 
also be included. 

The film to be placed under 
the stone will be sealed in a 
small copper can and will con- 
sist of shots from the most im- 
portant news events in 1926, a 
piece of "Queen Elizabeth," the 
first feature length film intro- 
duced into America by Adolph 
Zukor, while shots from "Old 
Ironsides," the F.-P. special for 
next season, will also be in- 
cluded. 

.After the corner-stone cere- 
monies, which will last about* 
30 minutes, guests will attend 
a luncheon at the Hotel Astor. 



GEO. LEWIS STARRING 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
George Lewis, the young actor 
who made a good showing in "His 
People" has been placed under a 
five year starring contract by Uni- 
versal. His first picture will be 
"Rig Guns," directed by Harry Pol- 
lard. 



"Paradise" Leads 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
George Sidney and Charlie Mur- 
ray have been engaged for the leads 
in "Paradise," which will be the first 
June Mathls production directed by 
Sylvano Balboni, her husband, in 
the new First National studios. 



Marceline Day's Plea 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Marceline Day, picture actress, 
asked for an injunction in Superior 
court prohibiting Metro -Gold wyn- 
Mayer from interfering with her 
screen career. Miss Day, whose 
real name Is Newlln, stated that 
she was under contract to the pro- 
ducers until April 26, when she 
came of age and repudiated her 
contract which had been made 
while she was a minor. 

Despite this, she alleges, Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer have continued to 
claim exclusive rights to her serv- 
ices. 



PRODUCERS STICK 

ON STUDIO LOTS 



Jesse Lasky, vice-president in 
charge of production for Famous- 
Players, has decided to make his 
permanent home in Los Angeles. It 
is estimated that he will be on the 
Coast 10 months of the year and 
in the east the rest of the time. 

Co-incldentally with the Lasky 
decision to become a Coast defender, 
Carl Laemmle, ^president of Uni- 
versal, has determined to make his 
home there for the greater part of 
the year to be In closer contact 
with his producing plant. 

Last year it was announced that 
Winfield R. Sheehan, general man- 
ager of the Fox Film Corporation 
would live on the Coast to keep an 
eye on the ambitious Fox program, 
while Louis B. Mayer, chief of the 
Metro producing staff, has been on 
the Coast for over two years with 
his headquarters right on the lot. 

Some predict that Richard W. 
Rowland will shortly move to the 
Coast to superintend the First 
National output, which Is principally 
made in California, although several 
of the stars work at the old Blo- 
graph studio in the Bronx. 



WARNERS' "PARIS" 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Warner Brothers are going to re- 
lease a picture entitled "So This Is 
Paris." It was made by Ernst Lu- 
bitsch under the title of Reveillon," 
from an original story by Mellhac 
Halvey. Rob Wagner is doing the 
titling. 



John McCormlck Resting 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

John McCormick, general manager 
of First National on the Coast, has 
suffered a nervous breakdown and 
will be away at Palm Springs for 
a two weeks' rest. 



2 PATHE MEN'S DASH 
FOR TRAIN VIA PI A 



Diamond and Harris Flew 128 

Miles to Catch Limited 

Took Chance in K. C. 



Los Angeles, M.iy n, 

Two Pathe officials staged an 
episode from one of their serinls la 
getting out of Kansas City on their 
way f/om the New York convention 
to Los Angeles L. S. Diamond, lu-ad 
of the statistical department, com- 
ing to the coast for the first time 
in several years and Frank Harris, 
Western district manager, were the 
heroes of the adventure. 

Arriving in Kansas City on the 
second section of the California 
Limited, they were told that they 
would have an hour and la minute 
stopover. This, they figured, waa 
enough to hop uptown and visit 
the K. C. exchange. They returned 
to the station in what they figured 
was just time to return to the 
smoking room and found that the 
train had left half an hour before. 
The Limited had only stopped for 
46 minutes. 

After raising the roof of the 
Santa Fe station, the despatcher 
rustled around and got them an 
airplane which transported them to 
Emporia, Kan., 128 miles west. 
While they were flying, the de- 
spatcher wired on ahead and held 
the California Limited for 30 
minutes until the two film men 
climbed aboard. 

Harris and Diamond were in 
charge of the Southern California 
sales convention for Pathe, held 
May 7-8. 



Hoxie, Free-Lancing, 

May Go with P. D. C. 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Jack Hoxle Is no longer a Uni- 
versal star. His contract expired 
recently. 

At present Hoxle Is playing Buf- 
falo Bill in "The Last Frontier." 
which George B. Beit* is making 
for Producers' Distributing Cor- 
poration. 

It is understood Metropolitan 
Picture Is negotiating with Hoxie 
for a long time contract, as P. D. C. 
is understood to want to make 
Westerns, producing at least six or 
seven features a year. 



"THEY CLAP HANDS WHEN THEY SEE CHARLIE!" 

Triumphal Debut 

CHARLIE MEL SON 

AND HIS GREATER BAND 

FILLING FOR A SHORT TIME THE BIG LEAGUE BOOTS OF "RUBE" WOLF 

Who Is Knocking 'Em Cold in Oakland 

in FANCHON & MARCOS Latest "IDEA" 

A West Coast Divertissement 

LOEWS STATE, LOS ANGELES 

Thanks to Mr. A. M. BOWLES, Gen. Mar., West Coast Theatres, Inc. 



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Wdncsday^ May it , 198« 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



[E GRANT IS 
gBALANCEI^— LOCATED 

Roach Studios' Actress Found 
ln sanitarium— Has Halluci- 
nations—Two Auto Accidents 

L,os Angeles, May 11. 
Huch commotion has arisen bore 
P ince the discovery of Katherinc 
GrtJrt. P 1 c ture * rtross employed at 
th # Hal Roach studio, ln a private 
murium at Alhambra suffering 
jroni nervous and physical break- 
down. The dlHcovery was made by 
county health and housing In- 
spectors who visited the establish- 
ment operated by Mrs. Donna Bell 
u a Maternity Home and Sani- 
tarium, without a county permit 
itey found Miss Grant there under 
an assumed name and reported that 
her mental condition was far from 
normal. 

T ior to the discovery of the ac- 
re's ; ,t the place It was reported 
she had mysteriously disappeared 
after an automobile accident last 
December, and that there were 
mysterious elements about the al- 
leged accident which necessitated 
her being placed ln seclusion. 

A statement given Variety by 
State Alienist Dr. Victor Parkin is 
that Miss Grant last winter found 
■he was becoming too stout and 
decided to go on a self-planned diet. 
Thie diet was rather rigid and is 
said to have weakened her physical- 
ly. Dec. 8, the young woman 
stopped at a drug store to get some- 
thing. When she came out to re- 
turn to her car, a Ford which w. : 
passing by struck her in a vital spo- 
of her anatomy and kept goirvr. 
MIbs Grant got into her car and 
etaited for home, when she became 
faint and stopped the car in front 
of a garage. 

The garage man who came out 
to see what was wanted found on 4 
from Miss Grant she was 111 and at 
her request called the Roach studio 
They directed that Dr. Louis Felder 
of the Ambassador Hotel be sum- 
moned. Dr. Felder took her to the 
Hollywood hospital where X-ray 
examinations were made. 

Miss Grant is said to have re- 
mained at the hospital for several 
days and was taken home. Shortly 
afterward with her mother she went 
to a mountain resort. There she is 
reported to have had fancied in- 
juries which preyed on her mind 
Her condition as alleged was in- 
quired into by several specialists 
who reported nothing wrong. 
Mind Affected 

Dr. Parkin was called in and ad- 
vised that Miss Grant be taken to 
,the Alhambra Sanitarium. There 
she was closely guarded and given 
treatment by Parkin and other 
doctors. It is said that at times her 
mind was greatly affected and that 
she endeavored to do away with 
herself by trying to Jump out of a 
second story window. Within the 
pnpt few weeks her condition is said 
to have improved and hopes were 
he'd out that she would be able to 
return to the Roach studio within 
* few months and resume her work. 

The Roach studio have been pay- 
ing her doctor and sanitarium bills 
besides giving her mother funds 
Men week. Miss Grant. 21. h.;s 
been under contract, to the Roach 
organization since 1922 when she 
* fn a beauty contest making her 
"Miss I.os Angeles." 

The day following the discovery 
ef Miss Grant at the Alhambra 
plnce she was taken from it by her 
toother to another establishment. 



Pommir in L. A. 

Los Angeles. May 11. 
Erie Pommer, head of UFA, ar- 
rives here Wednesday to supervise 
the next two Pola Negri produc- 



tions for Famous Players, 

It is understood that because of 
Pommer's familiarity with Miss 
Negri's ability, F-P will allow him 
full rein. 



"Man Bait" Picture 

"Man Bait." an original by Nor- 
man Houston, has been bought for 
pictures by Cecil De Mille. 

Houston Is general stage manager 



for A. H. Woods. He has written 
a number of plays, several of which 
have been used tn stock. 

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TO produce road-show-size attractions ! 

OTHER companies tell you 

ABOUT their road-shows 

PLANNED for next season — very well, but - 

REMEMBER this fact 

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IS the only company 
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YOU can't laugh that off- 

AND remember this: Metro- Goldwyn -Mayer 

THE company that made those Big Shows 

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THE SENSATION OF CHICAGO 

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AT BALABAN & KATZ' 

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PICTURE'S 



BOSTON AGAIN AFTER 
NORTH END FILM HOUSE 



20-Yr. Effort Resumed — Dis- 
trict of 75,000 Without 
Picture Theatre 



Boston, May 11. 

Mayor Nichols has taken under 
advisement the petition of Julia E. 
Sonnabend for permission to build 
a $250,000 motion picture house in 
the Nonh End district of the city. 
It Is planned to build the house 
next door to the Hanover street po- 
lice station. 

This is one of several petitions 
that have been made the Mayor 
for similar permission over a 
etretch of 20 years and all have 
tailed. There has always been 
much opposition from the clergy- 
men In the district and also oppo- 
sition from those connected with 
social welfare and educational in- 
terests in the neighborhood. 

The petition for the picture house 
was signed by 186 business men 
and property owners In the district, 
representing ownership of $3,000,000 
taxed property. It 1s figured that 
there are at least 76,000 persons in 
the neighborhood and at present 
there is not a single picture house. 
The population Is cosmopolitan, but 
for the most part is Italian. 



Paid for Full Week 

m 

Chicago, May 11. 
The opening of the Oriental was 
delayed five days last week. Bal- 
aban and Katz paid off the actors 
for the entire week. 



BREAKFAST CLUB; 
PERFECT HOST 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

The Breakfast Club, of finan- 
ciers, picture magnates and 
actors, who like horseback 
riding before breakfast, tend- 
ered their first annual break- 
fast-luncheon at the Biltmore 
Hotel and played host to about 
1,000 guests. 

The club defrayed all ex- 
penses of the luncheon. 

Norman Manning, former 
picture press agent was master 
of ceremonies for the event. 



Park Agnew's Storage 
Pockets Cost Him Wife 

Des Moines, May 11. 
Strange handkerchiefs with mono- 
grams not her own, hairpins, phone 
numbers of other women and more 
found In the pockets of her hus- 
band after "nights out'' secured a 
divorce for Mrs. Susie Agnew, wife 
of Park Agnew, assistant manager 
of the local branch of a film corpo- 
ration. 



KICK SCHENCK OH COAST 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Nick Schenck, general manager 
of Loew's, is expected here next 
week with his brother, Joseph M. 
Schenck. 

Nick will remain at the Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer studios in Culver 
City for about three weeks, discuss- 
ing production plans with Irving 
Thalberg, Harry Rapf and Hunt 
Stromberg. 



AMUSEMENT STOCK QUOTATIONS 



The market hns remained rather sluggish during the past week with 
little gain or loss recorded.' During last week there was little to choqpe 
from in the amusement stock field. During the week a new issue Rosy 
Theatre common made its appearance without very much action. The 
first issue Is being offered by brokers in unlisted securities at 33 within 
the last week or so, they advertising it in their house bulletins. 

Last week's dealing disclosed the following: 



Sal en. 

Eautman Kodak 700 

•Do., pfd 

Famous Players-Laaky 39. WO 

Do., pfd 3.<W0 

•Klmt National PicU 

Fox Fllmi A 2.*00 

Lmv'i, Incorporated *.9«» 

Meiro-Qoldwyn 1,400 

Motion Picture Cap. Corp 8.900 

Orpheum Circuit 1.300 

•Do., pfd 

Pathe Exchange A 2.300 

Shubert Theatres 34,900 

•Universal Pictures. Pfd *. 

Warner Bros. Pictures A 2.800 

CURB 

Sates. 

American Seating Co 180 

•Ralahan tt Katz Ctfs 

Film Inspection M 300 

Fox Theatres A 2.000 

Trans-Lux Screen 1,800 

Universal Pictures 300 

•Warner Bros. Pictures 



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128 

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8% 

83 



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1?3 
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• • • 

48% 
60% 

• • • 

14 

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254 

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22 

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109 

128 

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* No sales or quotation*. 

Practically everything In the amusement line showed a slight gain 
yesterday but in the main the market continued its skigglsh condition 
At the meeting of tho Board of Famous Players-Lasky mie regular quar- 
terly dividend of $2 a share was voted on the common payable on July 
1 to holders of record June 15. Watson and White who handled tho now 
$2,000,000 bond issuo of the Motion Picture Capital Corp. announced 
that the Issue had been totally sold at 99. 

There has been little activity in the east on Balaban and Katz but It is 
understood that Famous have practically cornered the stock of the 
Chicago corporation. 

Yesterday's trading showed: 

Sales. 

Rutman Kodak 300 

Famou s Players-Laaky 1 1 . 000 

Fox Films A 400 

Ix>ew'a, Incorporated *'~V? 

Motion Picture Cap Corp "'^ 



Orpheum Circuit preferred... 

Shubert Theatres , 

Warner Bros. Pictures A.... 



Hl&n. 
100% 
123ft 
C,4 
37% 
21% 
104 
uS% 
14ft 



THE FASTEST ACT IN VAUDEVILLE 

And So Hailed by the Critics 

WEN TALBERT'S 

Chocolate Fiend* 

REVUE 

"A\welcorae natural." — VARIETY. 

"Wen Talbert's Revue it the piece de resistance on 
the bill. An excellent revue. — LOS ANGELES 
EXAMINER. 

"Worth the price of admission alone. They play 
real music • • • Best dancing seen on any vaude- 
ville stage for months."— LOS ANGELES ILLUS- 
TRATED NEWS. 

BAND — DANCERS — SINGERS 



NOW 



Headlining 
PANTAGES 



And Rightly So 
Circuit 



American Seating: Co. 
Fo* Theatres A .... 
Trans-Lux Screen... 



Loew's 



Balaban A Kats. 



Stanley Co. 



100 
100 

4. noo 

200 

CURB 

Sales. 
100 

eoo 

800 

OUT OF TOWN 
Boston 

Sk1*»s. HlKh. 

so lovi 

Chicago 

so er% 

Philadelphia 

890 86 



IX)W. 

100 
121 
63 Mi 
86* 
21% 
104 
65% 
14 



Close. 
100% 
122* 
G4 
37% 
21% 
104 
*% 
14 



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+ % 
+ Vi 
-- % 
- % 



Turnbull Remains East 
Sdnlberg Supreme West? 

Los Angeles; Mny n 
Reports are current In Hollywood 
especially around the Famous Play 
ers-Lasky studio, that Hector 
Turnbull, associate producer with 
Ben P. Schulberg, who went to Ne w 
York last week with JeRse Lasky 
for a month's vacation, will not re- 
turn to the Hollywood lot. 

It is said that outwardly Schul- 
berg and Turnbull got along very 
well and even lunched together 
Turnbull had several conferences 
with Jesse Lasky, who, Incidentally, 
is his brother-in-law, while the 
latter was here, and it wan decided* 
that Turnbull take a vacation in the 
east for a month. Before going 
Turnbull sort of let it be known 
around that his vacation would con- 
sist of hard work in the east, with 
the indications being that he would 
probably do his producing at the 
F. P.'s Long Island studios, and 
that Schulberg would take over the 
units which Turnbull had, supervis- 
ing and handling them himself with 
the aid of his general assistant, Sam 
Jan*e, who is a relative of the 
producer. 

GEORGE GIVOT 



44 



The Panting Singer" 



HIph. 
310 

8 



Low. 

:no 
21 % 
7% 



I/OW. 

10 



•7% 

06% 



Close. 
310 
22% 
7% 



Clo«w». 
10% 

67% 

B6% 



- 1 
+ 1% 

- % 

Chance. 
+10 

- % 

- % 



Change. 



F. P. School Graduate in 
2-Reel F. B. O. Series 

Loa Angeles, May 11. 
Film Booking office is starting to 
make a new two-reel series of 12 
pictures, called "Bill Grimm's 
Progress,", directed by Ralph Ce- 
dar. 

In the leading roles are Margaret 
Morris and Arthur Luden, bor- 
rowed from Famous Players. 

Luden is one of the graduates of 
the Famous Players-Lasky school. 
Other members of the cast Include 
Gertrude Short, Al Cook, Kit Guard 
and Grant Withers. 



HOFFMAN CHANGES STUDIOS 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Renauld Hoffman, making lnde 
pendent pictures for Tiffany re 
lease, is moving his company from 
the Metropolitan Studios to Unl 
versal City. 



Miss Mack's 1st Story 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Florence Mack, assistant to Isa- 
dore Bernstein at Universal, has 
written her first original story en- 
titled "Thoroughbreds," comedy- 
drama, purchased by Carl Laemmle, 
prior to his departure for New 
York. It probably will be a Laura 
LaPlante production. 

Bernstein and Miss Mack axe 
writing the continuity. 




Home Again 
Where I 8tarted 

McVICKERS', CHICAGO 

Opened May 3rd as 
Master of Ceremonies 
With New Trousers 

"8AY IT W1TI1 PANTS" 



The Celebrated Emotional Actress and Co-Star of "HIS PEOPLE** 

ROSA ROSANOVA 



in THE SHOCK" 
A Om Act Playlet 
WKEK OF MAT 15 



CRITERION 

Lot Ang-clM 




HENRY 



MURT 




"JUST A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT 

THREE AND A HALF YEARS WITH SID GRAUMAN, LOS ANGELES, CAL. 

TWO YEARS LAFAYETTE, BUFFALO, N. Y. 



NOW 



FEATURED ORGANIST 
RIVOU, NEW YORK 



4 Wtdpdday» May 



PLEADING MINORITY, 
IARCELINE DAY REBELS 



H.-G.-M. Sales Girl Must Fulfill 
Contract — Mother in 
On It 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

Marceline Day. placed under a 
Ave -year contract by Metro -Gold - 
jryn-Mayer, about six months atfo. 
H endeavoring; to break her con- 
tract, while the organ tz.'it ion is in- 
tlitlnf that she fulfill it. The 
actress claims that at the time the 
contract was signed she was a mi- 
nor and that she now has reached 
lier majority. 

The girl was originally engaged 
With the mother, Mrs. Irene Day, 
signing the contract and cast for 
the feminine lead in "The Harrier." 
According to the mother's story, the 
jirl worked In that picture and 
when completed her srtlary was 
ftbppcd and she was not given a 
new role. Mrs. Day says she wont 
to the studio and was informed her 
daughter was at liberty to work in 
any other studio. 

Following this taltC Marceline 
was given a pa,rt in "Hell's Four 
Hundred," a Fox production. The 
girl got several Jobs. Mrs. D:»y says, 
and began .making good. With the 
publicity given Marceline. Mrs. Day 
says, M.-G.-M. remembered it had 
a contract and sent for her, casting 
her in "Toto." "The Roy Fri. >mr 
and other pictures at a salary 
■mailer than that received for her 
work in "The Barrier." 

About a month ago Mrs. Dixy pro- 
tested against the salary her daugh- 
ter was getting. The studio offi- 
cials seemed to pay little attention 
and she says she left the studio 
very much hurt. She told her 
daughter, who refused to return to 
the studip until an apology was 
made her mother. None was made. 

A few days after that visit of 
Mr9. limy, Marceline became of age 
and called the studio, asserting that 
regardless ot its contention she was 
■till under contract she was of age 
and would refuse to abide by any 
contract made In her minority. 

Irving Thai berg, who is the ex- 
ecutive In charge of the M.-G.-M. 
plant, asserts the controversy be- 
tween Miss Day and the studio is 
■imply a difference of opinion as 
to whether she is still under con- 
tract to M.-G.-M. He said his or- 
ganization would hold her to her 
contract and would protect them- 
selves with legal me. ins to prevent 
Miss Day working for anybody else. 



Ainsworth's Uncontrolled 
Fountain Pen and $15 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Phil Alnsworth, second husband 
of the late Barbara La Marr, had 
a fountain pen and a blank check. 
He's in Jail again, arrested on bad 
check charges. 

This time Alnsworth is accused 
of signing his mother's name to a 
bouncer. When apprehended Ains- 
worth's parole from San Quentin. 
where he had served a term for 
forgery, would have expired in 
seven days. According to parole 
regulations, he will be returned to 
the state prison In addition to being 
tried on the new charge. 



THE EVIDENCE IS IN! 



PARAMOUNT was first with its announcement of 1926-7 PRODUCT. 



Announcements of practically all the other producers have FOLLOWED. 



You have studied them all, LARGE and SMALL. 



NOW, MORE THAN EVER, BY EVERY TEST OF SHOWMANSHIP YOU 
KNOW THIS IS TRUE: 



No other company's product can hold a candle to PARAMOUNT^ 15TH 
BIRTHDAY GROUP of 75 golden box-office hits. 

r * f f 

No other company offers you stars like HAROLD LLOYD, GLORIA SWAN- 
SON, THOMAS MEIGHAN, POLA NEGRI, RICHARD DIX, BEBE DANIELS, 
RAYMOND GRIFFITH, ADOLPHE MENJOU, DOUGLAS MacLEAN, BEERY 
AND HATTON, W. C. FIELDS, GILDA GRAY, EDDIE CANTOR, ESTHER 
RALSTON. FLORENCE VIDOR and a stock company of 70. 

t t t f 

No other company commands a galaxy of directors like CRUZE, GRIFFITH, 
VON STROHEIM, ST. CLAIR, NEILAN, FRANK LLOYD, SUTHERLAND, 
DWAN, BRENON and a score of other fresh, progressive showmen. 

No other company offers such smashing big 1926-7 attractions— all completed 
or in the making— as Cruze's "OLD IRONSIDES", Griffith's "SORROWS 
OF SATAN", Brenon's "BEAU GESTE", Ziegfeld-Sutherland's "GLORIFY- 
ING THE AMERICAN GIRL", Fleming's "THE ROUGH RIDERS", Von 
Stroheim's "THE WEDDING MARCH" and a procession of others coming. 

f * t f 

No other company has met thousands of exhibitors face to face, presented 
frankly the merits of its 1926-7 product fas Paramount did in 40 coast-to-coast 
meetings) and received unanimous and enthusiastic endorsement of its pictures 

and its square deal policy. 

Gentlemen, all the evidence is in. The verdict is this: 

IN 1926-7, EVEN MORE THAN EVER BEFORE 

PARAMOUNT OUTCLASSES THE FIELD! 



A Sngle Who Books Single Weeks and Then Plays Twice as Much Just Because the Public Won't Take "No"! 

GENE AUSTIN 

NOW IN THE SECOND AND BIGGER OF TWO GREAT WEEKS AT 





WASHINGTON, D. C. 

DIRECTION STANLEY CO. OF AMERICA 

HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID: 
Thanks to HARRY M. CRANDALL, JOHN J. PAYETTE, the Preaa am* You People! 



WASHINGTON TIMES 

An additional feature of the musical program is the group 
of popular songs by Austin, who enters on his eecond week 
here. "How'd You Like to Meet Me in the Moonlight/' one 
of his own compositione which Is "tried out" on the Wash- 
ington audience, ie most enthusiastically applauded. 



VICTOR 
RECORDS 



WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS 

CORINNE AND GENE 8TARRING AT MET 
Victor Herbert and Gene Austin are saving the day at the 

Metropolitan thie week. 

Gene Austin is making a stampede out of the riot he 

etarted last week with hie generoua program of popular 

ditties, eung in the soothing collegiate tenor that has made 

him a Victor Record favorite. 



Booked by ARTHUR SPIZZI AGENCY, Inc. 



12 



VARIETY 



1 



i '.4 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



ENTIRE SHOW BUSINESS GETS 
BEHIND UNITED JEWISH DRIVE 



Willi a characteristic mobilizing 
of all resources, the leaders of tho 
amusi mint Industry In New York, 
have line<l up In the vanguard of 
the rescue tank undertaken by the 
United Jewish Campaign, whose 
$6,000,000 drive, now fairly In sight 
of the poal after two weeks of un- 
paralleled concentration of effort, is 
A pivotal factor in the realization 
of the national project for a $15,- 
000,000 overseas chest for succor of 
millions of men, women, and 
children going down to final desti- 
tution and despair in the economic 
debacle of Eastern Europe. 

Under the leadership of a com- 
mittee representing practically 
every branch of the amusement in- 
dustry and composed of E, F. 
Albee, Ben Bernie, Jjeo Brecher, Wil- 
liam A. Brady, Eddie Cantor, Syd- 



LOUIS MAYER AS 

SALES TALKER 



Louis B. Mayer (Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer) talked himself into a speech 
making trip when impressing the 
M.-G.-M. salesmen's convention at 
the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, 
a couple of weeks ago. At that time 
Mr. Mayer spoke continuously for 
over two hours, sending the assem- 
bled M.-Q.-M. selling cohorts Into 
high waves of enthusiasm, besides 
promoting a most powerful spirit of 
co-operation, according to the llat- 
eners-in. 

Through that and unexpectedly 
Mr. Mayer found himself In quick 



demand for a conversational tour 
ney S. Cohen. A. L. Erlan^er, Mor- I back to his Hollywood home. Con- 
ris Goodman, Sam 11. Harris, Al renting Mr. Mayer found a route 
Jolson. Carl Laemmlo, Joseph Maid ©ut for him that takes In Buf- 
Leblantf, Jack G. Leo, Marcus Loew, fa j (May 10 at the Hotel Statler); 
William Morris, B. S. Moss, Harry Chicago, May 13 (Hotel Drake), and 
Nelmcs, Charles O'Reilly, Charles San Francisco, May 18 (Hotel St. 
Rosensweig, Leo Shubcrt, Douglas Francis). At each of the hotels will 
N. Taussig. Harry Warner, Jacob be fllm conventions of one character 
Wllk, Al H. Woods and Adolph Qr another> In addition the M.-Q.-M. 
Zukor, all the forces of the amuse- talker may be lnser ted into conven- 
ient industry of Greater New York |onB Rt Bo8ton Washington and 
will swing into action Immediately Pnlladelphlat for exhibitors only, 
after the general city- wide can- Accompany lng the high speed 
vass is over and will do their bit we8tW ard will be publicity 

In topping off the big Jewish fund. | of the M .. G .. M . organi- 

zation, Howard Diet* (east) and 



FOX MEN SAILING 

▲ trio of Fox foreign representa- 
tives sailed for Europe last week. 
They were Julius Aussenberg. Fox 
representative for Central Europe, 
who has his headquarters In Berlin; 
Louis Gruen, the Holland represen- 
tative, and Frederick Anderson of 
Stockholm. Sweden. 

Aussenberg has the reputation of 
being one of the livest wires among 
the European exchange representa- | 



tlvcs as he was the first to adopt 
American methods of exploitation 
for the product that be was han- 
dling. All three were guests at the 
Fox west coast sales convention. 



Grange Picture Starting 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Red Grange is expected to arrive 
here with five friends this week to 
beKln work on his picture under the 



terms of a contract made with Dr. 
W. E. Shallenberger, of Arrow Pic-' 
tures. 



The Grange contract, being a per- 
sonal affair with Shallenberger, was 
not affected by the recent Arrow 
bankruptcy petitions. 



Tom Forman and Stanley Taylor 
will appear In "Kosher Kitty Kelly," 
produced by F. B. O. 



topping off the big 
Plans are underway for a mam- 
moth Joint Sunday night benefit en- 
listing every theatre, every vaude- 
ville and picture house in all of the 
five boroughs of Greater New York 
Among the "headline" features 
which are being projected for the 
occasion is a great boxing carnival 



Pete Smith (west). 



Beaudine Farmed Out 



Los Angeles, May 11. 
William Beaudine. director under 
with Benny Leonard as the stellar I con tract to Warner Brothers, work- 
performer, and a group of big out- j n g f or other concerns under the 
door performances on the same day, farming-out process. Is scheduled to 
including exhibition baseball games go to New yot\l after completing 
In the three big ball parks of the nlfl next Douglas McliCan picture 
cit y- 1 for Famous Players -Lasky to direct 

Concerts at the Metropolitan and one wltn Richard Dlx as the star 
Manhattan opera houses ars also I at the F p i H i an d studios, 

included fn this city-wide array of Tne laat flve pictures Beaudine 
popular attractions, which are ha8 ma de have been away from the 
aimed to give every man. woman, War ner lot. It is said the Warners 
and child in the city an opportunity are ma king a handsome weekly 
to contribute, through participation proflt In leas ing him out. 
In any of these events, to the big 



Fox in St. Louis 

St Louis, May 11. 
While nothing more than the pre- 



life-saving fund which Is to put 
thousands of families in the stricken 
communities abroad back on the 
road to self-support and normal 
human existence once more. 

The plan was initiated at a recent I llminary announcement has been 
conference at the Hotel BUtmorc made by Fox in regard to the con- 
headquarters of the $6,000,000 New 1 templated picture house at Grand 
York drive, at which a notable I and Washington boulevards, the 
group of theatrical leaders who at- I building plan will be gone through 
tended offered their services as a with. This, in substance, was stated 
unit to vice-chairman P.ressler and by Abram Frumberg, attorney for 
national chairman David A. Brown, Fox. 

who heads the nation-wide $15,000,- Excavation work Is expected to 
000 campaign. Those who attended | start in the fall, 
this conference were Al Woods, 
Joseph Leblang, William A. Brady, 
Louis Bernstein, Barney Klawans, 
Julius Tannen, Louis Mann, Gus 
Edwards, Douglas N. Taussip, 

Loney Haskell, John Zanft, Leo 

Brecher, Harry Hersh field, Beulah 

Livingstone, Herman Bernie, 

Martha WllohliiHkl, Alex Kcmpner, 

Paul Born, Eva Puck, and Sam 

White. 

Brady's Appeal 

Mr. Brady made a stirring per- 
sonal appeal to the gathering to 
(Continued on page 68) 



To N. Y. From L. A. 

Pauline Garon. 

Gaston Glass. 

June Mathis. 

Sylvana BaYbonl. 

Billie Dove. 

Fred W. Beetson. 

Kay Hammond. 

John P. Goring. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Roach. 

Frltxl Ridgway. 



City Official Is 8tudio Mgr. 

Los Angeles, May 11. 
Arthur Shador, formerly city en- 
gineer of Universal City, has been 
appointed studio manager for Uni- 
versal. 



To L. A* From N. Y. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Patrick. 
Samuel Blythe. 
Jacqueline Logan. 
Eatelle Taylor 
George Nichols 




Dolores Costello's name 
on a billboard always 
sends me into a theatre 
with eager anticipation. 
Three times she has ap- 
peared on Broadway in 
leading roles. Three 
times she has been 
praised. 

— New York American. 



The Girl of Your Dreams 

DOLORES 
COSTELLO 



in 



"The Little Irish Girl" 

with JOHN HARRON and a strong supporting cast 



"Just watch Miss Costello. That privilege alone is 
worth the price of admission." 

— New York Evening Post. 

"Dolores is the loveliest youngster on the screen 

— N. Y. Daily Mirror. 



today." 



Directed fcp ROY DEL RUTH 

Warner Bros- Production 

Now Playing at the 

WARNER THEATRE 

(THE HEART OF BROADWAY. NEW YORK. N. Y.) 




'The best harmony trio to ever play Omaha."— "OMAHA BEE" 

BETTY — EVE — AURELIA 

ABBEY SISTERS 

In "MUSICAL MOMENTS" 

Now Playing a 12-Week Engagement FOR THE A. H. BLANK CIRCUIT 

WIRE YOUR AVAILABLE DATES 

PHIL TYRRELL ATTRACTIONS 

WOODS' THEATRE BLDC, CHICAGO, ILL. 



FILM* REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



13 



He Wilderness Woman 

- >-r* Kan* product!**. rale*a«d by First 
110 i Krom ■lory br Arthur 8trl nicer. 

PJr****?^^' 1- Lowell Sherman and Chrs- 
^'^Si Shear* at the Strand. New 
^OBkMn- Wf*^ Buaalnc lima, (M) 
Yora. 



''Hi?' Madman AJlewi Printfe 

#*^" 7 k *V t Lowell Sherman 

Ai»" ^If^i^a. Cheater Conklln 

JS^Ooluoel" Henry Vlbart 

!*• Robert Cam 

Bl* ;*f" Burr Mcintosh 

Ths rf* a * B ••• Harriet Sterling 

•qua* J 

Considerable liberty was taken 
with the original story which Ar- i 
♦hur Stringer wrote and which ap- 
225ed In the "Sat Eve. Post" under 
JhT title of 'The Wilderness Worn- 
i„ » with the result that a comedy 
Hr ihe screen ha* been turned out. 
There are a lot of laughs in the 
aereen version not present in the 
IrSnal. The picture proves to be 
a highly entertaining affair, but 
Lams to lack In love Interest. One 
Irthe principal faults is the total 
^casting of Lowell Sherman in the 
heroic role. 

The yarn is that of an Alaskan 
miner who makes a gold strike, gets 
Amnion from a New York syndicate 
from its representative, a tender- 
foot, who Journeys north to locate 
him and who comes to New York 
with his daughter. They are typical 
backwoods people and rely on the 
young tenderfoot to steer them 
right. 

On the train east they run into a 
couple of sharpers, who pose as 
father and son. They propose to 
se'l the old man the subway. The 
-son" incidentally makes a play for 
the daughter, figuring; to marry in 
on the old man's b. r. At the cru- 
cial moment the tenderfoot steps In 
and saves both father and daughter. 

Afleen Pringle is the gold miner's 
daughter, and makes it look a mil- 
lion dollars, especially after she Is 
dolled up. Chester Conklln as her 
father runs away with the picture. 
The "old boy," with his walrus 
mustache and glasses, trying to 
"make" the newsstand girl at the 
Biltmore, Is a wow of a laugh scene. 
Sherman, however, does not ring 
true as the hero. It isn't his fault; 
he was miscast. He would have 
been better in the young con man's 
role. 

Howard Higgin, who directed, 
made a fairly good Job of it. There 
Is a laugh scene early, with Miss 
Pringle removing Sherman's boots, 
and a couple of others later for the 
girl In her business with the young 
black bear in the hotel lobby, but 
the majority of laughs are garnered 
by Conklln. In his sequence with 
the three con men in a hotel room 
his handling of the "boose" Is an- 



other punch. Tammany Young as 
a trick radio bartender in this scene 
is "oak." 

"The Wilderness Woman" will get 
laughs, but it won't send the audi- 
ence away talking or thinking about 
the picture. Fred. 

MONEY TALKS 

Metro-Goldwyn Mtyer production, rfl 
reeled by Archie Mayo. .Story by Rupert 
HiiKhaa; adapted by Frederic and Fanny 
Hatton. At the Capitol. New York, week 
May ». Running time. 66 minutea. 

Phoebe 8 tar I In* Clulre Windsor 

»Rm Btarllnff Owen U»<ri> 

Oscar Water. rjort Roach 

Luclue Kenton Ned aparka 

J. Bradford Perkins Phlllii-a Sniallcy 

■£"• ttiatterton Dot Farle« 

Mile Locette Kathleen Key 

Ato Fo ° Ueorge Jtu wa 



Weak sister feature picture for 
Metro-Coldwyn. Far and away be- 
low its standard of more than a 
year. From the looks of the pic- 
ture considerable change was 
wrought in the story by cutting and 
titling. The titles, by Joe Parn- 
ham, are about the only things that 
save the picture from utter con- 
demnation. 

For the small daily change houses 
this one Is about strong enough to 
be the better of two on a double 
feature bill, but as an attraction 
for a week's run in a de luxe house, 
impossible. Why It plays the Capi- 
tol is hard to understand, unless 
the fact is that M.-G.-M. is run- 
ning short on product and want to 
hold back on their pictures of 1926- 
27 until after the summer is over. 
If they do this they are going to 
make a mistake, for the box office 
at the Capitol Sunday surely must 
have told a sad story as compared 
to, other Sundays this season. 

It is safe to predict that the Capi- 
tol the current week is going to 
have one of the weakest box office 
showings that It has had in months 
with this production. The only 
saving grace, as far as the picture 
la concerned, are the titles and the 
stage show that surrounds the film. 

The story is one of a "go-getter" 
advertising man who has had a hard 
time battling to keep two leaps 
ahead of the sheriff. He Anally 
gets a Job to press agent a pleasure 
island that has been a flop, and he 
turns it into a health resort, get- 
ting a job at $50,000 a year, and 
thus wins his wife back. 

The biggest part is devoted to 
the adventures of the prospective 
patients on their trip to the island. 
The skipper of the boat took the 
charter to cover his rum running 
activities. On the sea the boat Is 
hijacked, and then there is a final 
rescue by the revenue men. 
There was a chance hers to get 



a lot of kick into the story, but they 
failed to come through with it. 

Claire Windsor is a wishy-washy 
sort of a heroine, and Owen Moore 
*s trying to do a female imp* isola- 
tion in tho picture. Ilia tussle in 
trying to don a pair of corsets is 
very antique both ways, but the 
funniest thing in the picture. 

Someone with a good memory 
Just lifted the furniture movers' 
idea from vaudeville, the one origi- 
nally done by Bozo. That's in the 
picture In toto, which is a tip-off to 
every one to protect themselves In 
tho clinches against having their 
material lifted without permission. 

Frc<L 



The Little Irish Girl 

Warner Brother* production made from 
C. D. Lancaster's atory "Ihe tir.tura." 
and adapted by Daryl Francis Zanurk. 
Directed by Roy del Ruth with lJulorrn 
Cost olio and Johnny Harron featured. At 
Warner's, New York, May 8 week. Run 
nlng time, 67 minutes. 

Dorothy Dolores Costello 

Johnny Johnny Harron 

Jerry Crawford Matthew Hetz 

The Chariton Kid Lee Moran 

Gratulrna Weaver Gertrude Claire 

Frisco Heal EBtate Man.... Henry Barrows 



A crook picture with the old 
twist of a reformed crook trimming 
the real villains, and the curse is 
taken off by the sweet motive which 
prompted the old crook's action. 
That's the plot of "A kittle Irish 
Girl," chiefly a good film. 

Dolores Costello is cast as the 
come-on gal for a flock of grifters, 
her particular racket being to pick 
out the suckers, drop a pocketbook 
witrt her card inside and then sit 
home answering the doorbell as they 
drop in. one by one.- Once Inside, 
her boy friends did a painless dry 
cleaning gag and the shorn lambs 
were shown the exits. 

But she fell for one of the 
chumps. When her gang had to 
blow town, they went to a country 
hotel run by the younp chump's 
grandmother. Planning to take the 
old lady over for a few grand, they 
framed with an impressive looking 
"real estate dealer" from Frisco to 
come In and play straight But the 
old woman was once a quick thinker 
herself and in the end she trims 
the crooks and recognizing that the 
girl pines for an opportunity to go 
straight, she takes enough money 
from the smart guys to start the 
young fledglings on their own path 
of righteousness — this touch pre- 
serving the high moral tone requi- 
site to modern picture productions. 

Not so much of a story but at that 
it Is filled with enough situation to 
make It stand up and enough laughs 
to sprinkle them liberally through- 



out the footage. Miss Costello Is 
all the trumps in the world in her 

part and if justice stays blindfolded 
then it is only a matter of time be- 
fore this real actress displaces some 
of the phoney stars who are fading 
from view Ju«?t ns surely as the 
moon from the sky when daytime 
arrives. 

The others are good, Johnny Har- 
ron showing up as a particularly 
capable juvenile. Direction is also 
Kood and the whole thing has been 
well produced. Okch for the reg- 
ular run of houses and backed by 
a good wtage program, might slide 
by as the feature in a ue luxe 
house. 8utk. 



LES MISERABLES 

(EUROPEAN) 

London, April 20. 

The premiere of the Film de 
France super "Lee Mlserables," 
which has been secured by Euro- 
pean (Universal), occurred at the 
Hippodrome. This Trade Show 
marks a distinct upward movement 
on the way these things are done 
here. Europe in the last few months 
has repeatedly won recognition out- 
side the film world for its presenta- 
tions, notably in the case of "The 
Midnight Sun." "The Flaming Fron- 
tier" and "The Cohens and the 
Kellys." 

The premiere was attended by 
officials from the French, American. 
Italian and Swiss Embassies and 
Legations, while the French Am- 
bassador, proprietor of "Le Matin." 
the producer of the picture and the 
leading people were guests at a ban- 
quet held at the Metropole hotel the 
same evening. 

The "presentation" of the picture 
by Clayton Hutton, a member of U's 
European staff, was in Itself note- 
worthy. The rise of the "tabs" dis- 
closed ^Victor Hugo, who, lrt a brief 
soliloquy, spoke of the work he had 
done for humanity, while a small 
boy listened attentively. The weary 
poet slept and the boy tiptoed across 
the stage and stealthily opened a 
huge volume of "Lee Mlserables/* 

Immediately the leading charac- 
ter, Valjean. burst through the 
pages before the terrified kid. cross- 
ing the stage. This was followed by 
the other leading characters, Javert, 
Thenardier, Fantine, Cosette, Epo- 
nine. Each character crossed the 
stage and exited, to reappear in a 
tableau on a miniature stage erected 
behind the sleeping poet. The pres- 
entation was greeted with bursts of 
genuine applause as the players, the 
original French artists of the film, 
burst through the leaves of the hugs 
book. The orchestra of the British 



National Opera Company in Its en* 
tlrety accompanied the picture un- 
der the baton of the composer of 
the music, Fernand Heruteur. 

The film Itself (It took four hours 
and a half to run at the Hippo- 
drome) is a very artistic and sincere 
following of Hugo's novel. The pro- 
duction work and huge crowd 
scenes are aliko brilliant and the 
acting is very far abovo the average. 
This feature* to be put out to the 
cinemas in two pnrtn, will be fol- 
lower by "Michael Strogoff" and Ku- 
gene Sue's "Tho Wandering Jew." 
both of which will, in all probability, 
be handled here by European (Tnl- 
veraal). 



Stop, Look and Listen 

Jrthh Adium production. ot»trU>ute*l by- 
Put h«\ from Ifit, r.iUK'.i-r.l rom^y by H.nrry 
R. Smith. Larry Ser:vn 9tr»rr«»»l a.id credit- 
ed with direction. One-half double lull at 
Tlvoll. New York. One day (May 1). Run- 
ning time, BS minutea. 



"Stop, Look and Listen" as a mu- 
sical stage play was a success. As 
a picture It means nothing. 

For its star It has Larry Semon. 
That should be considerable, but is 
not. Mr. Semon is a capable come- 
dian. His facial expressions create 
immediate laughter. His acrobatics 
are of the best But he has been 
seen in better pictures. 

This comedy feature is nothing, 
other than one of the type of two- 

(Continued on page 16) 



MASK 

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AT 
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The Wilderness Woman 



BROOKE JOHNS 



and Ills 
Oklahomaaa 



STRAND SYafrjIONT ORCHESTRA 



CAPITOL 



BROADWAY AT 
6 1ST ST. 



MONEY TALKS 

with CLAIRB WINDSOR. 
OWBN MOO KB, BKKT ROACH 



Faraovfl Capitol Proamtm 
CAPITOL CI BAND ORC'HKSTJaA 



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By A 41th SL Brooklyn 

NORMA SHEARER 

la "THB DBTO/S CIBCCS" 

VAUDB VILLI 
At HUt*— Donald Karr EffU Waatoa Botm 
At MatrwpoUUtt— Qvr A 



Formerly Premier Danseur Imperial Russian Ballet and Diaghileff's Ballet Russe 

ANATOL BOURMAN 



NOW 



BALLET MASTER 

FOURTH CONSECUTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT 
BROADWAY'S FAVORITE MOTION PICTURE HOUSE 

MARK STRAND, NEW YORK 

AND 

KLEMOVA 

IMPERIAL RUSSIAN BALLET 

GREATEST RUSSIAN TOE AND CHARACTER DANCER IN THIS COUNTRY 

PRIMA BALLERINA OF THE STRAND THEATRE 

Extend Their Best Wishes and Congratulations to 

MR. MOE MARK MR. JOSEPH PLUNKETT 

Founder and President Managing Director 

And AH the Executives of the Mark Strand Theatre Corporation Upon Their Amalgamation with 

Stanley Company of America 

a* 

STRAND THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY 



14 



VARIETY 



PICT U RES 



'i » 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



NEW "WESTERN" STAR 
FORMER INDIAN AGENT 



Los Angeles, May 11. 

Wetro-Ooldwyn-MHyer is going 
to make Westerns with a new star 
in Colonel T. J. McCoy, former gov- 
ernment Indian agent. 

McCoy is ubout 35, an all-around 
athlete and horseman, and is said 
to possess an unusual personality. 

M.-G.-M. may cust him In "The 
Flaming Forest," a James Oliver 
(\irwood story, to be directed by 
Kei;inald Barker. After this picture 
AlcCoy will be placed in one or two 
other outdoor stories and then given 
a starring part. 



FANCHON & 
MARCO'S 

Greatest Protege 

RUBE 
WOLF 



"CZAR OF RHYTHM" 

!§ the Man of the Hour 

At West Coast T. & D. 
Theatre, Oakland 



Brewster Loses Editors; 
Didn't Like "Orders" 



Two of the editors of the Erewster 
publications resigned this week be- 
cause of "orders" issued by the 
owner of the publications from the 
west coast. They are Frederick 
James Smith, editor of the "Classic," 
and Agnes Smith, who edited "Mo- 
tion Pictures." 

Immediately after their resigna- 
tions were accepted they formed a 
new affiliation with "Photoplay" and 
are now on tho James R. Quirk 
staff. Smith is managing editor of 
that publication and Miss Smith 
associate editor. 

Both originally received their 
training in fan maguzine work with 
the Quirk paper. 

The staff in New York for "Photo- 
play" now comprises James R. 
Quirk, Frederick James Smith, 
Agnes Smith and Ruth Waterbury. 
On the coast, Ivan St. John, Herbert 
Howe, Adela St. John Rogers And 
Dorothy Spensley. 



97% OF ALL THEATRES PICTURES 



K-A's Lloyd Comedy 



The Keith houses in New York 
City will get the Harold Lloyd com- 
edy, "For Heaven's Sake," following 
the close of its run at the Rial to 
Saturday. 

For a time it appeared as though 
the Loew circuit felt certain it 
would have the attraction, figuring 
because of the volume of business 
the Loew houses gave Famous Play- 
ers, the latter could not afford to 
hold out on the Lloyd comedy. 

Nick Shenck reckoned without the 
power of John C. Raglan, who rep- 
resents the Lloyd interests on all 
contract matters. The Loew con- 
tracts offered were twice rejected 
by Raglan. Finally, when Loew's 
did not meet the terms, the Keith 
offices were given a chance and 
topped the Schenck offer. 



CHAPLIN'S 'CIRCUS' IN AUGUST 

Los Angeles, May 11. 

Charles Chaplin will not finish the 
"Circus" until about August. 

He contemplates Immediately 
after beginning either "The Dandy" 
or "The Suicide Club." 



(Continued from page 1) 

which pictures figure in some way, 
and the remaining 600 are away 
from pictures In any form. 

No estimates are available at this 
time of how many of the 17,000 
picture theatres employ some stage 
entertainment In addition to the 
screen fare. It ia conceded the 
number is large at present and 
steadily Increasing, with th: expec- 
tation that before next season fairly 
is underway the combination policy 
houses using pictures as the leading 
attraction with supplementary stage 
cards, will be doubled. 

An expectation goes farther to 
state that In due and not an ex- 
tended period the theatres playing 
straight pictures only will be in a 
minute minority. 

Not 500 

There is no known count that can 
erect a total of 500 theatres in the 
U. 8. today playing to a regular, 
gate without a picture attachment. 
In the legit are not over 140 the- 
atres (inclusive of €3 on Broad- 
way) that may be looked to by the 
road showman as permanent week 
stands. 

One- nigh ters have passed away 
as exclusive stands for legit shows 
only. | 

In straight vaudeville 30 theatros 
are a liberal count for those re- 
maining in that division, from 
coast to coast, Canada to the Gulf. 

Burlesque may be lumped in its 
two wheejs at 80 theatres, taking 
in split weeks. 

This total of 250 houses away 
from pictures at present leaves a 
margin on 600 of an equal number 
that might take in anything else 
in the speaking theatre or concert 
hall division. 

Pop Vaudeville 

Within the 2,600 mentioned as 
playing a combination policy is the 
theatre known as the pop vaude- 
ville house, originally built for a 
vaudeville policy with pictures 
later added. 

Among the 17,000 picture houses 
is every style of picture policy, 
from the big cities to the 
veriest tanks. New picture theatres 
are going up everywhere. There 



are no authentic statistics right now 
on the actual number of houses 
open, in construction, proposed or 
In contemplation. 

An unknown but noteworthy fact 
in the picture branch is that not 
over 100 theatres of the 17,000 have 
an admission scale exceeding 85c. 
top. This is outside of the legit 
theatres ofttimes playing picture 
r"~4 shows at $2. more or less. A 
majority of admission tops in pic- 
tures runs from 50 to 60c. 

During the past some theatres 
charged as high as 99c. but not in 
sufficient quantity to exceed the 
100 mark, while most of the houses 
formerly charging 85c. are down to 
75c. with the relief of the admis- 
sion tax up to that amount. The- 
atres playing pictures and looked 
upon as picture houses with an ad- 
mission higher than 76c, such as 
the Embassy and Criterion, Broad- 
way, are rare, even in large cities. 

In announcements of theatre 
building operations for months past 
it is but now and then that a new 
theatre is announced for a policy 
other than pictures. Picture houses 
planned for modern use have a reg- 
ulation stage and are adaptable to 
any stage entertainment permitted 
by the seating capacity (size). 

Films' Onward March 

An undercurrent of dubious feel- 
ing of the future may be gleaned 
from private talks with straight- 
away theatrical managers. Some 
legit producers appear to be in 
doubt if the onward march of the 
films will not in time envelop the 
legit theatres now standing, as the 
picture producers may bring out a 
quantity of super-feature pictures, 
they say, in quantity, at one period. 
They point to the eight special -fea- 
tures on Broadway now in houses 
charging $1.65 or more as the top 
at the box office With film road 
shows spreading forth, that would 
be another factor. Another set of 
theatrical showmen laugh this off, 
saying nothing can displace the 
legit. 

Meanwhile all showmen have not 
failed to observe that pictures have 
been and are beating down other 
branches of amifsements. 



Chadwick Dept. Moves West 

Los Angeles, May n. 
Chadwick Pictures has moved its 
advertising and publicity depart- 
ments from New York to their ofl 
flees in Hollywood. 

E. Lanning Masters will be in 
charge. 



PAUL ASH 

NOW AT 

BALABAN & KATZ 

New Oriental Theatre 
CHICAGO 




Paul As* 
Presentations 
Produced by 
Louis 

McDermott 



PAUL 





And His Orchestra 



DIRECT FROM 



RICHMAN CLUB-MOST EXCLUSIVE CLUB IN NEW YORK 

6 MONTHS AT MONTMARTRE CAFE 

CHICAGO, ILL 

OPENED TO A TREMENDOUS SENSATION AT McVICKER'S, CHICAGO 

FOLLOWING PAUL ASH 

EXCLUSIVE COLUMBIA RECORD ARTISTS 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



VARIETY 



F. P/S EXCEPTIONS 

(Continued from page 4) 

upon the number and kinds of pic- 
tures released by competitors from 
1912 to 1925, the rejected material 
attempting to show that other com- 
panies were producing Alms of equal 
standard an well as In number; the 
development of block booking and 
that it was a general trade practice 
with It shown that all testimony 
evidencing this wan ruled out Ly tin- 
examiner. 

22 Exceptions 

Twenty-two exceptions aro listed 
-triterciJi test|niony stricken out dis- 
closed thnt exhibitors preferred to 
block book. 

The question of other companies 
operating in the three phases of 
the industry, producing, distribu- 
tion and exhibition. Is next touched 
upon, after 45 pages have been de- 
voted to sustain the policy of block 
booking. 

In outlining competition within 
the industry P. P. takes exception 
to the striking out of testimony 
wherein it was stated there were 123 
studios in operation in I^os Angeles 
in 1924. This Is followed by an ex- 
haustive listing of excluded testi- 
mony showing the competition in 
•very phase. • 

The brief continuing takes in 
•very angle of the case with not 
•nly the page number in the record 
listed, but a detailed statement in 
support of the claim that same had 
been Incorrectly ruled out. 

Work on Stipulation 

The commissioners will pass 
vpon this list of exceptions, while at 
fee same time attorneys for the 
government will work upon the F. P. 
stipulation purported to set forth 
the theatres acquired since the clos- 
ing of the case. 

As to how much time will be re- 
quired to pass on the exceptions no 
•no at the commission would ex- 
press an opinion. Nor was it indi- 
cated as to whether or not the stip- 
mlation on theatre acquirements as 
•ubmltted would be accepted. If 
Jhe latter should be rejected testi- 
mony covering the period will be 
taken. 



PRICE OKAYS POWERS 



(Continued from page 4) 

no change made In the per- 
sonnel of Associated Exhibitors, 
Inc., that Mr. P. A. Powers is still 
chairman of the Board of Directors 
and has not severed his connections 
with the company; neither has there 
been any change of officers or di- 
rectors. 

"An important announcement will 
be made in the near future, which 
will be of interest to the trade. 

"Since the advent of the present 
administration, the weekly receipts 
of Associated Exhibitors, Inc., have 
Increased approximately 100 percent. 
It has established studios in Los 
Angeles in which all productions 
Intended for Associated release will 
be made under our own supervision. 
The studios are now in the hands 
of a capable management and of 
men who have been in charge of 
production activities for many years. 
This supervision will assure our ex- 
hibitor friends of a program of 
Pictures conceived and produced 
from a box ofP.ce angle. 

"The activities of the company 
during the last six months have 
placed It In a very enviable po- 
sition. Completely controlling, as 
It does. Its production and sales 
organizations, the company is also 
extending its business Into foreign 
countries and within a short time 
we hope to cover the entire globe. 

"In view of the rumors which 
nave appeared, I am informed that 
there has been no disagreement or 



controversy between Mr. Powers 
and any bank or bankers, notwith- 
standing any statement or rumors 



to the contrary. 

are hopeful that Mr. Powers 
will find It convenient to continue 



as chairman of our Board of 
directors in view of his other In- 
terest* which have call upon his 



time and < ■ /Torts, bo tl: 
have the benefit of hn 
experienced Judgment." 



15 



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mature and 




First National Is hold- 
ing over nothing for 
next season. The Ban- 
ner Group Is too rich In 
hits already to need 
hold-overs. 

By boosting your 
Summer profits, you 
stack up a record year. 

Do It with First Na- 
tional. 

A heat-proof hit week 
after week. Though it's 
hotternhell, sun can't 
stop 'em I 




HAZEL GREEN 

Scored a Tremendous Sensation at 
McVICKER'S, CHICAGO 

WEEK MAY 17, SENATE, CHICAGO 

And All Calaban & Katz Theatres in 
Chicago to Follow 

Personal Management MORRIS SILVERS 



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16 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



Stop, Look and Listen 

(Continued from page 13) 
reelers Semon made and became 
iil'-ntiMed with In former days. 

The musical played about 10 
years ago. Only the grown-ups re- 
member it as a show. To the kids 
tii<* title is only familiar through 
being connected with warning 
siirns. Kids are the only ones who 
will enjoy it. For adults It will be 
found amusing at times, but too 
repetitious with stale gags and 
tricks. Semon's physical exertions 
are admirable. 

Dorothy Dwan, about the best 
ami sweetest leading lady Semon 
has ever had, Is in It. Mary Carr, 
again a mother, played well, as 
usual. 

\b the shorter half of a program 
at the Tivoll on Eighth avenue, 
"Stop, Look and Listen" entertained 
snly at intervals. 



HURRICANE 

Truart Production, directed by Fred 
Paldwell. With Alice Lake. Stuart Holmes 
and Jack Rlchardaoa featured. At Arena. 
New York, one day. May 6. Running time, 

52 rains. 



An exceptional picture exception- 
ally poor. The relation of the title 
to the picture is not seen. 

In its embryonic state it may have 
had the possibility of turning into 
a fighting "thriller" for the younger 



generation. Whoever held the bag 
missed badly. 

It's the story of the dissatisfied 
wife of the chief of American reve- 
nue service on the Canadian bor- 
der. Not liking the woods, wife 
wishes away to the city and almost 
goes there with the man who later 
Is exposed as a smuggler. She kills 
the smuggler and is forgiven by 
husband. 

The acting at times appears ama- 
teurish and uninspired. Stuart 
Holmes, as always a villain, fails 
to do his best and Alice Lake, as 
the discontented wife, does her ap- 
parent worst. She Is at a handicap 
in wearing but one costume, an un- 
becoming riding habit. Jack Rich- 
ardson is unimpressive as either 
husband or border chief 

The trouble lies secondarily with 
Fred Caldwell's direction. But he 
may have been without material, 
financial and materially. 

No acting, no development of 
story, no background of material, 
no heart or other interest — and no 
picture. 



THE NIGHT WATCH 

Truart picture, directed by Fred Cald- 
well. No author credited. Mary Carr 
featured. At the Stanley, New York, 
May 7. Running- time. SV minute*. 



Why this was made Is not known. 
Probably because It cost little. 
It is a link, and a weak one, in 



the endless chain of dealing vrlth 
the family feuds In Tennessee (or 
Kentucky). Same old story. 

Running a little less than 19 min- 
utes, It is one of the shortest seen 
around in a long time. That is its 
only virtue. 

Mary Carr stands out in a mother 
role. Others In the cast are Charles 
Delaney, Muriel Reynolds, Ray- 
mond Rousenville, Ethel Schram, 
Charles W. Mack, Gloria Grey, 
Jack Richardson and Fred Caldwell. 



SANDY 

William To* production frewi the etory 
aerial by Elenore Menerta. Adapted by 
Eva Unaell and directed by Harry Beau- 
mont. Mad*e Bellamy •tarred. At Loew'a 
Nerr York May », one day. Araahiff time, 
64 minute*. 

Sandy McNeil Mads* Bellamy 

Her Slater Joaa Btaadla* 

Donald Keith Leslie Fentea 

Ramon Worth 

Judith 



A well -sex ed flapper story which 
had such a nice sale as syndicated 
articles for those evening papers 
which feel that some of the inside 
pages should be well spiced for cir- 
culation's sake. According to sev- 
eral editors, Irish and Scandinavian, 
being interviewed to get all the 
angles, serial stories such as 
"Sandy," "Joanna" and others like 
"Unbound Passion," "The Frantic 
Virgin," etc., have put as much as 



10,000 circulation on during their 
running period. Hence they must 
be read, and their following Is 
great. 

In "Sandy." things got pretty well 
Involved and the gal with the "It" 
business goes through her paces 
with the men folk, but turns white 
In the end and saves the youth she 
loves from the gibbet, only to turn 
him over to another gal. The young 
flapper, being pretty tough, got a 
bullet around her heart, but kept 
on living. 

"Sandy" Is all right for the less 
toney first runs, and strictly on top 
of Money Mount for the regular 
places or where the story as a serial 
has been printed. In fact, "Sandy" 
has been played pretty thoroughly 
in the first runs. It showed in New 
York for the first time last week, 
very late. 

Madge Bellamy acts mlghtly well 
la this, better than she's, ever done 
before. Looks more like a human 
being and less like a China doll. 
Harrison Ford, as the heavy fellow, 
was also sufficient unto his role. The 
others played parts. 

Harry Beaumont's direction, pro- 
fessional and neat, was so smooth 
that a good scenario was upheld and 
the full box office value of "Sandy" 
brought out And that box offlco 
power is probably pretty consider- 
able, all angles considered. Sisk. 



Thrilling the Crowds 
On Broadway! 

Jam your way into the Colony and see why the whole country is 
going wild over the greatest melodramatic thriller ever made! 

Just Hear the Critics Rave! 

^ "Now filling the Colony. Bringing the crowds. As 
full of thrills as ever. It was good then — a good picture 
still. At once caught the public fancy.** 

' — iV. V. American 
"Don't miss k. You're sure* to enjoy it Far better 
crook picture than most produced since. We went to 
scoff, we remained to praise.*' — TV. V. Herald-Tribune 

"Worth a revival. Forgot I was watching a moving 
picture — and that is extraordinary. Compelling char- 
acterizations. Fine performance.'* — TV. Y. Daily News 



NOW 



the 

Continuous Noon to 



- COLONY 



Theatre 
53d St. & 



BROADWAY 



Aft., 35c, 50c. Etfff- 60c, 75c 

T 



OUTSIDE i LAW 

Starring PRISCILLA Supported by LON 

D E AN CH ANEY 

Directed by TOD BROWNING 
A Universal Jewel 



WHISPERING SMITH 

A P. D. C. release starring H. B. War- 
ner. From the etory "by Frank H. Spear- 
ing, adapted by Kllott Clawaon and Will 
M. Richie. Directs by George Melford. 
Shewn at Loew'a, New York, N. T., doable 
feature bill May 7, 1926. Running time 
0!> mlnotea. 

"Whispering Smith" H. B. Warner, 

Dlckale Dunning Lillian Rich 

McCloud John Bowers 

Ma/ion Sinclair Lllyan Taahman 

Murray Sinclair Will Walling 

Bill Eugene Pallette 

Lance Dunning Richard Nelll 

DuSang James Mason 

Seugrue t Nelson McDowell 

Bucks ^. . . Robert Bdeson 



FATE OF A FLIRT 

Columbia production under the Wi'd^ 
brand. Slory by Junet Cr other, and dir*.* 
tlon by Frnnk R. Btrayer. Dorothy R*vi«p 
and Forrest Slanley featured. At Loew*I 
New York. May 9, one day. Running time 
W minutes. * me » 

Mary Hurgesa. Dorothy R* V |*.* 

Hlr Gilbert Forrest Stan J J 

Aunt Mary Clarissa Helwvnni 

Uncle John r/~/ nn « 



. .1 nomas Kicketta 



This is a combination western 
and railroad melodrama and as such 
stands above the average of the 
regular program picture that is 
turned out for consumption in the 
usual daily change of program 
houses, A* a matter of fuct this 
picture seems almost strong enough 
to stand up for a three day run in 
the combination vaudeville and 
picture houses. It has action and 
suspense and is capably enacted by 
a cast that stands up under inspec- 
tion. H. B. Warner, who has the 
title role, manages to hold the au- 
dience every minute that ho Is on 
the screen and the supporting cast 
Is most adequate. 

One good idea about the story is 
the combination of both the west- 
ern and the railroad angle. That 
takes it out of the class of either 
type. The story is laid in the west- 
ern territory at a time when the 
outlaw element was prone to hold- 
up transcontinental trains and loot 
the passengers as well as the ex- 
press cars. McCloud (John Bowers) 
has been appointed division super 
at a point where the usuai stunt has 
been the derailing and wrecking of 
freight trains and the looting of the 
cars. The new super discovers that 
the head of his own track gang is 
the leader in this and fires him. 
Then a battle starts between the 
two. "Whispering Smith" <H. B. 
Warner), who is head of the rail- 
road's secret serv»ce, Is dispatched 
to the scene of action and he man- 
ages to clean up the gangsters. 

Entwined with this action there 
are two love themes, and needless 
to say both heroes manage to win 
the girls that they are after. 

George Melford has directed the 
picture with an eye to thrills and 
he manages to slip them to the au- 
dience. The suspense is maintained 
perfectly. Lillian Rich Is a charm- 
ing enough inpenue heroine while 
Lily an Tashman takes car© of tlTe 
secondary love interest. Will Wall 
lng as the heavy gives one of his 
best screen performances to date. 

Fred. 



A well made and carefully han- 
dled independent production. The 
story Itself Is a light comedy with 
a wealth of funny stuff Included be- 
tween beginning and end, while its 
cast Is unusually good. 

The plot Is the one about the 
all-American girl, who'd rather 
marry a bricklayer than a titled 
EnglhihmHB. So the boy who ad- 
mired her, being a titled English- 
man, had to bet his uncle that he 
could win her without revealing his 
identity. The stumbling bio ok 
proved to be the girl's aunt and 
uncle. It was up to the young man 
to frame them for his side. 

He did that by palming his valet 
off as a famous nobleman and the 
butler immediately coaxed the aunt 
to a road ho use for the evening. 
Auntie looked forward to a real 
thrill to vary the monotony of her 
middle aged existence, while her 
husband, on the same night, at- 
tended the reunion of his class of 
'77. A bunch of gay old hounds 
they were, with their manicure pa- 
tooties on their laps, eating bread 
and milk while the gals drank 
champagne. 

On the same night auntie was out 
In the Interests of True Love, and 
Uncle was just monkeying around, 
the girl and the boy (who had hired 
out as chauffeur to the household), 
happened to catch both the auntie 
and the uncle in their capers, so 
It was an easy matter to make them 
consent to a wedding. 

Forrest Stanley makes a good 
leading man, good enough to be up 
In the major leagues, while Dorothy 
Revler is adequate as the girl in 
the case. Thomas Rlcketts, as the 
old guy with adolescent ideas, got 
off most Of the comedy, one of the 
gags employed showing him being 
pushed out of a taxi by a girl when 
he refused her advances. Old but 
funny. 

"Fate of a Flirt" can be depended 
upon to give entertainment satis- 
faction. Bisk. 



RACING ROMANCE 

A. W. Kay Johnson production released 
through Rayart. 8taning Reed Howe*. 
Shown *>t Loew'a. New York, N. T., en 
double feature bill May 7. 192S. Ronnlnc 
time 71 minutes. 



This is one of the usual types of 
racing stories the only difference 
being that Instead of the usual run- 
ning horses trotters are used in this 
production. From a picture stand- 
point this one will stand up alone* 
in the average two-bit or less ad- 
mission houses, but where anything 
more is charged It will have to be 
played on a doublo feature bill as 
It was at the New York. 

The story has all the regulation 
racing bits. The scene is in the 
bluegrass country. There is the old 
mansion and the stock farm that is 
about to fall into the hands of the 
heavy who wants to marry the 
young girl who is cne owner and 
it looks as though he is going to 
win out, for he has a trainer for 
his trotters who is willing to do 
anything to assist his employer in 
achieving his desires. The heavy 
holds the mortgage and has liens 
against most of the live stock. It 
looks rosie for him until the hero— 
the boyhood sweetheart of the girl 
who went away — returns. He un- 
dertakes the training of the pride 
of the farm and develops the horse 
ro that It can win and he drives it 
to victory, thus saving the farm and 
the horses and Incidentally winning 
the girl for himself. 

There Is some fairly good com- 
edy supplied by a trio of colored 
folk in the picture, but other than 
that it Is Just the usual melodrama 
hoi,-". Fred. 




ECLAT 



THE ARISTOCRA TS 



Four Young Gentlemen Who 

FEATURED WITH 

JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON-FAMOUS PLAYERS' PRESENTATION 

"ALICE IN MOVIELAND" 

In conjunction with 

"FASCINATING YOUTH" 

The Personnel! 

EDWIN LEWIS, Ste«I Guitar FRED WEBER, Piano 

BERT BENNETT, Ukelele TOM MILLER, Gu?Ur 

PLUS VOICES 

This Week (May 10), RIVOLI. New York Direction BENJAMIN DAVID 



Wednesday, May It, 1986 



FILM REVIEWS 



LITERATI 



VARIETY 



Park Benjamin's "Inaida Story" 

park Benjamin, whoae wife la In 
vaudevtlle and who la the disinher- 
ited eon of an established io?lety 
family, le offering- to the lurid syn- 
dicates an "Inside" story of social 
deeda and misdeeds at & price not 
excessive in view of his "name.** He 
trss dropped from the Social Regis- 
ter two years ago, when, sued by his 
first wife for divorce and alimony, 
h#4lid a tew days In Ludlow street 
tn lieu of payments. He Is a brother 
of the former Mrs. Caruso, now Mrs. 
Ingram, and traces his ancestry 
back to the Revolution. 

Libelous 

Every dally In New York, except- 
ing "The Times'* and "American," 
was sued for libel damages last 
week upon the publication of an ar- 
rest story in which the names of 
the prisoners were mado positive. 
The two excepted papers in their 
storles said, "giving the names of," 
stc thereby escaping the libelous 
allegation. The names of the pris- 
oners were also those of other peo- 
ple. 

The New York "Evening Sun" 
was hard hit in a similar cause of 
action some years ago. Reporting 
an arrest in Newark. N. J., "The 
Sun's** story did not qualify its 
statement that an arrest was made 
of "Jane Doe" of Brooklyn. The 
"Jane Doe " of Brooklyn, sued and 
recovered, proving she had not been 
In Newark at the time of the ar- 
rest 

"Giving the names of* or "said 
they were" Is the accepted form of 

sldesstepplng a direct reference. 



140 Suits 8ettled 
Universal News (Service), New 
York "Mirror" and one other paper 



are said to have settled the 146 libel 
actions brought on behalf of one 
Alyce McCormick for $18,000. The 
newspapers served by the Universal 
printed a U story stating that la a 
divorce action the corespondent 
named was an Alyce McCormick. 
formerly with Zlegfeld "Follies." 
There had been an Alyce McCor- 
mick with Zlegfeld "Follies." She 
was not the girl described so ac- 
curately. The many suits were 
commenced upon her Sehalf against 
that number of dailies in as many 
towns. Some of the smaller pub- 
lications went into a panic over the 
$5,000 or $10,000 action. 

Universal Service underwrites a 
damage action brought through any 
of its stories. U assumed full re- 
sponsibility, also liability for the 
story and the actions. It's the only 
news service so handling Its busi- 
ness end. 

Just why Miss McCormick settled 
over half a million In dollars of 
damage suits for $18,000. If she had 
a good case, has not been told. Why 
Universal settled from reports Is 
that it preferred to pay rather than 
to have its many clients (news- 
papers) annoyed by the matter. 

Hearst's Verbal Contract 

Newspaper men are not apt to 
place much dependence upon a 
verbal agreement from anyone con- 
nected with the Hearst organization 
after hearing of the treatment ac- 
corded Benny Holtzman, in charge 
of the New York "Evening Jour- 
nal's" dramatic department for 
business. Holtzman has been with 
"The Journal" for two years, going 
on without a written contract, told 
to do so by the paper's publisher, 
Dayton, after receiving assurances 



SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK 

thera la a Theatrical Firm who can ue a mia with a general Theatrical experi- 
ence 4b aa executive position. He has been associated with the Production of 
PI are and Mnalcal Revue*, also in the Production, Preparation and Light Ins of 
Presentation*. He waa associated with the Buying. Selling. Leaalng and Man* 
agemest ef Theatre Property. Know* Theatre and Motion Picture Advertising. 
Publicity and Exploitation. Experienced la Scenic and Lighting Effects and 
General Stage Direction. A. valuable mas for aa aotlve organisation. 

WRITE BOX 75, VARIETY, NEW YORK 



from the paper's editor. Brisbane, 
that he (Holtzman) would remain 
permanently while showing results. 

Holtzman secured a release from 
a Zlegfeld contract and rejected a 
couple of other publicity offers to 
accept the Hearst position. 

Last week without notice Holtz- 
man was informed he was through, 
by order of W. R. Hearst, and that 
Jack Smith had been given his posi- 
tion. 

When Holtzman joined the "Jour- 
nal" its theatrical advertising was 
tottering. He quickly built It up 
and gained untold thousands in 
theatrical business for the paper. 
Increasing it so far this year to 
over $50.0 n of what he had done 
last year. While the Shuberts* own 
attractions are still out of the 
"Journal" that can not be blamed 
upon Holtzman, for Brisbane him- 
self personally soliciting Lee Shu- 
bert could not procure their restora- 
tion, nor any of Lee's Intimate 
friends whom Brisbane asked to 
intercede. 

Monday of this week the "Jour- 
nal" had lost 10 or 12 of its standing 
theatres. 



John Farrar Marrying 

John Farrar, editor of "The Book- 
man," is to marry Margaret Pether- 
bridge, of the New York "World" 
May 28. 



INCORPORATIONS 

New York 

Pitt-Townley, Manhattan; pic- 
tures; capital. $10,000. Directors: 
Jeannctte Gordon, Joseph Behrman. 

Ten- Poll Building Corp, Manhat- 
tan; theatres; capital, $50,000. Di- 
rectors: Mortimer M. Menken, 
Joseph Mayer, Albert D'Allessandro. 
Attorneys, Menken Bros., 206 
Broadway. 

United Cinems Co., Manhattan; 
pictures: 260 shares preferred, $100 
each; 250 common, no par. Di- 
rectors: William C. Fleming, Frank 
J. Dillon, K. C. Kerr. Attorneys, 
Compton A Delaney, 501 Fifth ave- 
nue. 

Westbury Theatre Corp., North 
Hempstead; 1,250 shares, $100 each; 
100 common, no par. Directors: 
John R. Hill. Westbury; Ormond 
Q. Smith, Jericho; Kalvatore Calde- 
rone, Hempstead. Attorney, W. Y. 
Hallock, MIneola, 

Sutter Amusement Corp., Man- 
hattan; pictures; 500 shares class A 



stock and 600 class B, both no par 
Directors: Archie Weltman. Jay M. 
El sen berg, Beatrice Zelenko. At- 
torney, Leopold Friedman, 1540 
Broadway. 

Kims, Manhattan; theatrical; 200 
shares common, no par. Directors: 
O. D. Murphy, R. C, Richter, K. A. 
Maguire. Attorney. A. H. T. Banz- 
haf. 130 West 4 2d street 

Tivols Film Exchange, Manhat- 
tan; picture exchange; capital, $10,- 
000. Directors: 1 and M. D. Sha- 
piro, B. Dolnansky. Attorney, Max 
Davidoff, 41 Park Row. 

Riverside Operators, Manhattan; 
amusement devices; 1,000 shares 
common, no par. Directors: A. C. 
Cole. Dorothy FrankeJ, Betty Kraus. 

Arties Pictures Corn. Manhattan : 
capital. $1,000. DldPbrs: A. A. 
and W. J. Lee. Wlinhm S. Barrett. 
Attorneys, Gohlle st Gunn, 1540 
Broadway. 

Zoephone Pictures, Auburn; pic- 
tures; capital. $15,000. Directors: 
Dwight B. Kid red. Earl I. Sponable, 
Sherman Parker. Attorneys, Faber 
& Parker, Auburn. 

Rezlet Realty Corp., Manhattan; 
theatres; capital, $10,000. Directors: 
S. 8. Tripp, R. A. McCourt. J. A. 
Harkens. Attorneys. Hallinan dt 
Oroh, 35 Nassau street. 

Monarch Exposition Shows, Man- 
hattan; carnivals; 100 shares com- 
mon, no par. Directors: Mike Zelg- 
ler, William Keesler, Grant Hoer- 
ner. Attorney, Harry Lewis, 220 
West 42d street 

Breller Reslty Corp, Manhattan; 
pictures; 100 shares common, no 
par. Director**: E. Brooks. P. D. 
Carigg, C. L Johnson. Attorneys. 
Kendall & llerxog, IT East 42d 
street. 

Hello London Co., Manhattan; 
theatrical; 200 shares common, no 
par. Directors: J. Welnstein, S. 
Posner, J. Hahn. 

Oklahoms 

Enterprise Film Corp., Oklahoma 
City, capital stock, $10,000. Incor- 
porators. John W. Quillan. Atlanta; 
W. W. Walthall and D. O. John- 
son, both of Oklahoma City. 

Ponca Theatre Co, Ponca City; 
capital stock, $20 000. Incorporators, 
George II. Brett, Dr. J. A. Doug- 
lass and Eugene WetzelL all of 
Ponca City. 



7 



ConieeutiYt 
Weeks in 
Chicago for 
BalaUn 6 Eati 



HICKS 

BROS. 



Famous Banjo Artists 

Opened to a Tremendous 

Ovation 



WITH 



RAJAH PAUL ASH 
At Balabas & Katz 

NEW ORIENTAL 
THEATRE, CHICAGO 



MRS. A. K, BKNDIX 
r.. New Teri 



lLEBK'S YOLK BOX OFFICE ATTRACTION FOB TBI IIIGGEB VICTIM 

THEATRICS 

LESTER, H0WS0N and CLARK 

A PIANO TRIO 

COMEDY— DANCING AND HARMONY RINGING 
DlreeUeeu BCUALIMAN BROS. 



WEEK OF MAY 24TH IS 



"TAKE A CHANCE*' 



WEEK AT 



THE RIVOLI, NEW YORK 



WITH 




LOWRY 



MASTER OF CEREMONIES 




BALABAN & KATZ 'TAKE A CHANCE 1 



When They Picked ED LOWRY to Head This Unit for 12 Weeks? 



B. F. KEITH VAUDE. EXCH. "TOOK A CHANCE" 



THROUGH A DISAPPOINTMENT THEY PLACED 
ED. LOWRY AT PALACE, NEW YORK, FOR 1 SHOW 





"RESULT" 


HELD OVER FOR 2 WEEKS— SIGNED FOR 2 YRS. 


ORPHEUM CIRCUIT "TOOK A CHANCE" 




PLACED ED. LOWRY NEXT TO CLOSING ALL 
OVER TOUR FOLLOWING ALL STAR BILLS 




"RESULT 9 


TREMENDOU8 SUCCE8S ON COA8T— OFFERS FOR 
PRODUCTION ON COA8T— MOVING PICTURES- 
AUSTRALIA, ETC. 


MOULIN RGUGE CAFE, CHICAGO, "TOOK A 

WM. R. ROTH STEIN, Prop. 


CHANCE" 


8IQNED ED. LOWRY — AS MA8TER OF CERE- 
MONIES—FOR 4 WEEKS. 


"RESULT 9 


RETAINED LOWRY FOR 12 AND RELEA8ED HIM 
IN FAVOR OF BALABAN A KATZ TO HEAD THI8 
UNIT. 


MR. GULLIVER-PALLADIUM, LONDON, "TOOK 


A CHANCE" 


ALLOWED ED. TO MAKE HIS ENGLI8H DEBUT AT 
PALLADIUM. 




"RESULT 9 


IN8TANTANEOU8 8UC~E88, CONTINUAL OFFERS 
TO RETURN. 


IRENE PRINCE "TOOK A CHANCE" 




AND BECAME MRS. ED. LOWRY. 




"RESULT 9 


HELD OVER FOR 13 YEARS AND 8TILL GOING 
8TR0NG. 



p. S.— VARIETY "TOOK A CHANCE" ACCEPTING THIS AD— RESULT— I. O. V. 

Booked bv HALPERIN-SHAPIRO AGENCY 



18 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 



LONE EXHIBITOR HELPLESS 



(Continued from page 5) 
pen don t exhibitors are concerned. 
All sorts of offers have been made 
them for their properties. Lou Blu- 
menthal, one of the early exhibit- 
ors, who moved along with the 
trend toward larger theatres, Is re- 
ported to have received an offer of 
$3,750,000 for his present holdings 
They include several theatres In 
New Jersey and a number of lease- 
holds in New York City which he 
has rented out to other exhibitors. 



SEND US YOUR DATES 

Legit Managers 
Keep Your Houses Open 



We Just Closed Two Weeks 
to Capacity Crowds 



TULANE 

New Orleans 

NOW PLAYING 

BELASCO, WASHINGTON 
FORD'S, BALTIMORE 

"Percentage Dates Only" 



JH NAUf» TRUTH 



A Motion Picture 8ensation 
Featuring Helen Chadwick and 
Jack Mulhall 

State Right* For Sale 

Public Welfare Pictures 
Corp. 

723 Seventh Avenue, New York 
SM S. Wabaah Avenue, Chicago 



A great amount of ■ecrecy is 
maintained aa to who la making the 
offers. 

David Selznlck, operating through 
Henry Seigal, with the reported 
backing of the Philllps-Jonea people 
of Van Heueen collar fame, axe in 
the field and getting a number of 
houses. They are reported having 
purchased the Yost chain in New 
York and a number of houses in 
the surrounding Metropolitan terrl 
tory. 

Chain combines have been the 
sesame of daHger to the small ex 
hlbitor and by the very same token, 
to the distributor aa well. Should 
the chains uprise and expand as the 
Stanley-Mark-Fabian recent amal 
gamation has done and will do, not 
only will the little exhibitor be 
swamped, but the distributors may 
And themselves at the mercy of 
chain buying combinations, ope rat 
ing along the defiant lines inaugu 
rated by the Michigan exhibitors' 
organization. 

No Assistance 

Right now there is no general 
point or person in all of the U. 8. 
to whom the oppressed individual 
exhibitor may go with his com- 
plaints — no place where he may seek 
surcease from alleged Injustice of 
either exhibitor-chain combines or 
distributors. That suah a point 
or person must be furnished to hold 
the little theatre In business la con- 
ceded. 

Circuit owners and chain com- 
bines in th? picture business can 
outbid and Influence the little fel- 
low, regardless of whether the 
single theatre la in direct opposition 
or within the range of the circuit 
but Isolated, and also an objective 
of attack by the circuit to drive the 
single house out of the show busi- 
ness. 

Aa far aa known the first distrib- 
utor to give this matter any notice 
haa been United Artists. Through 
Hiram Abrams and Joa. If. Schenck 
It was resolved between th^m that 
when an Independent exhibitor in 
opposition could be protected 
through U. A. service that ahould 
be done. 

U. A. Held Out 

It is said that in selling the U. A. 
product, aa an example, to Flnkel- 



steln A Ruben (Minnesota terri- 
tory) that U. A. held out nine towns 
on the F. A R. list holding opposi- 
tion houses, with Messrs. Schenck 
and Abrams first offering the oppo 
sitlon the U. A. pictures for those 
towns. 

Flnkelstein A Ruben were made 
aware of U. A.'s assumed position 
in the matter. 



United Artists is only a producer 
and distributor. It la not a theatre 
buyer, builder, owner or operator. 
Nor in the matter of northwest ex- 
hibitors' protection did U. A. act in 
concert with any other distributor. 

With the formation of the Stanley 
chain, along with others that have 
formed or may form, the general 
distributor haa no assurance that a 
national exhibitor chain may ensue, 
in due time, sooner or later. That 
some of these chains or their potent 
parts may be held at least partially 
by a distributor could be presumed 
to work for the benefit of that dis- 
tributor In time, and against the in- 
terests of competing distributors, or 
producers, as well as against the 
smaller exhibitors the larger ones 
will crush or swallow up if the 
small exhibitors are not looked after 
while they are here. 

Pictures' Wild Rush 

It's something that in the wild 
rush of the swirling film trade that 
only sees what sounds "big" in 
money or theatres, appears to have 
been wholly overlooked by those 
who profess that to safeguard the 
pictures' future and their own busi- 
ness is their ever- first thought. 

Over-seating, the money group 
(so increasingly Important) And the 
vital producing end may be borne in 
mind with the expectation they will 
be taken care of when the hour ar- 
rives, but the present is the only 
salvation moment for the small ex- 
hibitor. Waiting to succor him may 
be too late — it's not any too early 
now! 



INSIDE STUFF 

ON PICTURES 



The 00 first run franchise theatres of First National have been granted 
a modification of the original franchise terms. In the future Instead 
of being compelled to pay for all pictures released on a franchise basis 
whether playing them or not. they will have the right of rejection on 
all pictures released on this basis numbering over 35. 

These terms were agreed to at the Atlantic City annual meeting of 
the Franchise Holders. For the 192(1-27 output there are 62 pictures 
other than specials listed. The possibilities are that there will be io 
less than these actually released and this will give the houses the right 
to reject at least seven of the year's program. 

Heretofore the Strand, New York, as an Illustration would havo to 
take all pictures that were franchise released and In the event that It 
did not play them and could not secure another first run on Broadway 
at one of the other houses In the Times square section would have to 
shoulder the entire loss. That is the manner in which the Capitol and 
Warners managed from time to time to get First National releases to 
fill out their schedules. 



Exhibitor for Senator 

Kansas City, May 11. 

Joseph Mogler, of St. Louis, presi- 
dent of the Motion Picture Exhib- 
itors' Association, will be a candi- 
date for the Republican nomination 
for state senator, to succeed Peter 
Anderson. 



Though the re -take value of a picture stock company is known of 
course to the trade, outside of pictures It la all new. That the stock 
has been a huge aid In bettering pictures while in the making is con- 
ceded by picture men. A stock company at a picture studio is the 
group of contracted players who are engaged by the year. Actors en- 
gaged for one picture may go to another producer for the next or if 
west go east, or east, go west. Either way along with special one pic- 
ture expense makes It somewhat difficult often to gather the one time 
players for re- takes. 

As the picture is being made in the studio engaging the stock com- 
pany errors of making or sections or scenes that can be bettered are 
noted. These are improved by the re-takes, although the re-takes 
may require from one to three or four weeks. Also the many standing 
sets in a large studios are another economy. 

The old saying of "the picture's made and that's that" Is now altered. 
It's something similar to a stage show in rehearsal when improvement 
is made. Experts study the film before completed. With the stock 
players at hand, it comes out of the cutting room as near perfect as It 
may be gotten, regardless of whether it eventually develops into a bad, 
fair good or big picture. At least the picture has had its every chance. 



Publix now has two presentation producers left on its staff, John 
Murray Anderson and Frank Cambria. Gus Edwards, who was the 
third, completed his quota of Publix presentations and has not been 
retained. 

Just now Mr. Cambria appears to be PuUix's star producer. Whereas 
Messrs. Anderson and Edwards ^cre new to picture presentation. Cam- 
bria knew It far back. He has been producing for Balaban A KaU in 
Chicago for a long while. Also Mr. Cambria builds for result and 
economy. Anderson Is looked upon as an expensive producer and so Is 
Edwards by the Tubllx people. Their presentations have cost more in 
production and weekly operation. 

Having charged off rent at the rate of 40 weeks to the year and keep* 
ing its theatres open the year 'round, Locw's Inc., expects to duplicate 
its excellent showing for six months from Sept. 1, last, as brought out 
in its financial statement for that period, lately issued. While the state* 
ment covers right over the centre of this theatrical season. It la claimed 

(Continued on page S6) 



When in doubt-play aFOXwestern 

BUCK JONES 

Jcc of the QfmtOuMoofs 



There is no question as to the 
popularity of Mix— or how 
much money he can draw at 
the "gate". So-play a Mix- 
then go out^and have a good 
time— go see'your Fox man- 
ager about. his next one! 



•'Handsome Buck" has been com- 
ing along like a cyclone this season. 
The way that boy stcps-and How J 
Did you ^ "The Cowboy and the 
Countess" or the "The Fighting 
Buckaroo".' If you didn't you miss- 
ea something— so did your patrons! 



J0% Film Corporation- 



Wednesday, May 12, 1926 

ALBERTINA RASCH and Ballet 

(20) 

Gershwin's ,n B,ut " 

10 Mins.; Full (SpMiaO 
Hippodrome <8t. Vaude) 

A novelty undoubtedly framed ex- 
clusively for this house but pack- 
ing novelty and flash that could 
take It further if necessary. It's 
A diverting ballet set to the Gersh- 
win Rhapsody, projecting the bal- 
lerino. Albertina Vitak, solo dancer, 
and the corps de ballet which are 
already permanent features at the 

HIPP* 

An attractive silken full stage eye 
forms the attractive setting with 
ptmltrl Tlomkln and George David- 
son off' -latins at a double piano. 
The costuming and headdress are 
a symphony In blue. 

Miss Rasch carries the burden as 
the Spirit of Jaaa, counter-soloed 
by Albertina Vltak, attractive 
young woman and accomplished 
dancer as the Spirit of Terpsichore. 
The ensemble work is equally not- 
able with the combined efforts and 
Gershwin's muslo making for de- 
lightful entertainment. Also prob- 
ably the first ballet attempted in 
jazz tempo. 

The novelty hit clean here and 
could duplicate elsewhere, In vaude- 
ville or picture houses. Edba. 



NEW ACTS THIS WEEK 



VARIETY 



19 



CLIFF EDWARDS ("Ukelele Ike") 

Soloist 

10 Mine. 

Fox, Philadelphia 

Cliff Edwards, better known as 
Ukelele Ike, has stopped the show 
at the Fox theatre several times In 
the past two weeks. Literally 
stopped it, for on several occasions, 
the following film feature had to be 
withdrawn from the screen so great 
was the demand for more of his 
crooning Jazz. 

Nonchalantly strolling before the 
drop with his "uko" under his arm, 
"Ike" carried his audience from his 
opening number, "Know How to 
Love "Em," sung in a crooning blues 
style. 

Mixing In some steppy patter, he 
Introduced several other songs. 

No setting, no orchestra, just a 
one-man performance that seemed 
to strike the popular fancy of the 
picture patrons. Water*, 



BROX SI8TERS <S) 

Songa 

8 minutes 

Grand Central, St. Louis 

With the closing of the fourth 
edition of the "Music Box." in which 
they were featured, these yoang 
Brox girls have stepped Into the 
picture house field. Their success 
is assured. 

In the present engagement they 
are working in front of the house 
Jazz band, but they could do Just as 
well on their own. Their to ices are 
harmonically blended and their 
four pop numbers were put across 
perfectly. 

Saturday night the girls took four 
bows, did an encore and took an- 
other bend. 

The pictures can grab this one. 

R%eb*L 



MILDRED LIVINGSTON and Co 
Comedy Skit 

28 Mins.; One and Full Stage 

(Special) 
Broadway (V.-P.) 

A "Cinderella" dream is the ac 
tion, Miss Livingston doing a "Hebe' 
glass slipper exponent for laughs. 
Accompanying are a sister team, 
two other women and Billy Hutch- 
inson, the latter receiving billing. 
A short film reel is included to dis- 
play the transformation from the 
kitchen to the ballroom. 

The act has its draggy moments 
during the early portion but the 
value of making its run in the 
stretch with the final push Miss 
Livingston's solo dance of kicks. 
More energy than grace in this 
Utter episode but the strenuous 
effort clicks. 

Songs by the boy space the run- 
ning order and all participants 
make a costume change. The act 
Is carrying plenty of weight in sets 
although there's nothing particu- 
larly elaborate. The running time 
ef 28 minutes has a depreciating 
effect and slicing would be reason- 
able. 

However, it . shapes as interme- 
diate entertainment, the comedy of 
Miss Livingston being sufficient to 
hold it up providing there is not 
an attempt to bite off too much 
territory. ,8kig. 



JOHN BARTON Co. (3) 
Semi 'Sketch 
20 Mins.; Full 
58th St. (V-P) 

John Barton in the middle of a 
semi-sketch that has neither head 
nor tail as r>gards dialog and but 
serves as a poor excuse for a cou- 
ple of songs and John dancing Jim 
Barton's routines and not dupli- 
cated any too well. 

Little or no pains taken with the 
script. 

Not a "gag" laugh in the act. 
Barton has even copied his broth- 
er's facial make-up and there is a 
striking resemblance. However, 
Jim's coaching, if he did supervise, 
has yet to be perfected by John. 

A woman and a male "straight" 
assist, the latter doing an exagge- 
rated Englishman, monocle and all. 
The act looks as if Barton had 
slapped It together himself and then 
Inserted everything plus ennounced 
credit he had picked up from Jim 
for his personal contribution. It 
won't do, even for the minor houses, 
and they were far from enthusiastic 
here. John's dancing may stand up 
where they haven't seen Jim, but 
the script and talk are entirely un- 
worthy. The results should be 
enough to demonstrate this to Bar- 
ton. Rewriting la the current need. 

Skig. 



COOPER and BERMAN 
Songs and Talk 
14 Mins.) One 
American Roof (V-P) 

Maury Cooper was formerly with 
Irene Ricardo. Henry Borman has 
been in cabaret and vaudeville, once 
working with his brother Bobby 
(Bums). What talk there is counts 
for a change of pace, the meat be- 
ing in the song numbers. Berman 
has been off the boards about six 
months, laid up with a broken leg. 

The men are using published 
numbers but have worked over the 
verse lyrics, in that way fashioning 
a story. For instance they warble 
about getting divorced, after which 
they would be "Sitting on Top of 
the World." The same Idea was 
followed in telling the story of "too 
many parties and too many pals." 

A concluding number in which 
ballad cheruaes or parts of them 
were woven together had the men 
alternating, with lyric idea carried 
out 

Cooper and Berman are baritones, 
neat workers, and good vaudevil- 
lians - Ibee. 



RULOFF DANCERS (4) 
Violin and Dances 
15 Mins.; Full Stage (Cye.) 
Grand O. H. (V.-P.) 

RulofT la probably of the Ruloff- 
Elton Revue. The current act in- 
cludes one other male dancer, a girl 
dancer, and a girl violinist who con- 
tributes one solo. 

Ruloff handles the girl dancer in 
the opening "adagio" which includes 
all of the standard stunts. Her toe 
work and posing in this stand out 
as well as his deft handling. 

Following the violin solo another 
male doubles with her in a tango, 
both in Spanish costume. The man 
follows with a solo caatinet dance 
of mild appeal, while she changes 
to return with Ruloff for a double 
Apache. 

The act lacks class and novelty, 
but Ruloff and the girl are better 
than average dancers of their type. 
For the pop houses it qualifies as 
an artistic dancing turn. Co** 



GILBERT and MAY 
8ong« 

If Mins; One (Special 

Mth 8L (V-P) 

Proverbial mixed team spaced by 
» piano and adhering to a well worn 
routine of standards such as "Man- 
dalay," "Frivolous Sal." etc. The 
m »n la at the keyboard, the woman 
joing most of the verbalizing with a 
basso voice. 

Six numbers, Including an encore, 
for which the Initial Ave are minu3 
ft change of pace. Hence no light 
and shade. Voices are more notable 
jor strength than quality, although 
tne semi- ballad layout appeared to 
a«*aw applause from half the at- 
tendance. 

The woman makes one costume 
rnange, and if the routine were 
lightened so as to cover more terri- 
tory the team shoul : be acceptable 
ln the smaller houses in an early 



"BUNGALOW LOVE" (2) 
Comedy Skit 
12 Mins.: Three (Interior) 
American Roof (V.-P.) 

Billed as authored by Willard 
Mack. Just who played the two 
characters, husband and wife, not 
listed. The act tells of the early 
morn hustle and bustle ln the 
"bungalow" when the hubby fol- 
lowing a night out Is roused from 
bed by wifey who keeps him on the 
jump until he finally gets started 
to work. 

Usual fault-finding by hub over 
the pancakes and some old comedy 
byplay about " Where's my shirt? 
Where's my collar buttons? Where's 
my collar? Where's my hat?" etc. 

The main comedy twig Is the ex- 
change of dialog about marriage. 
A very light affair and cast as 
though it were intended for the 
small time. Mark. 



CLIFTON and BRENT 
Acrobatics and Dancing 
12 Mins.; One 
58th St. (V-P) 

Another version of th* comedy- 
acrobatic Idea only In this instance 
the boys open with a song and fin- 
ish by hoofing. The comedy hand- 
to-hKnd stuff is elementary, with 
the dancing the main forte, one of 
ino men getting results from his 
slimness and shuffling. 

Both border on clownish facial 
make-up for no particular reason. 
The introductory lyric Is easily dis- 
missed, although a dab at versatil- 
ity. The dancing carries the team 
to what honors there may be, the 
smaller man Inserting a couple of 
head spins as a punch. 

Did fairly at this house spotted 
No. 3. Bkiff. 



MORGAN and GRAY 
Domestic 8 ketch 
18 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 
Grand O. H. (V.-P.) 

Morgan and Gray have been 
around in several sketches, but their 
latest seems new. A special set, 
mostly hangings, la the bedroom 
and breakfast room of a suburban 
home. 

Hubby is asleep m bed when 
awakened by wifey, afraid he will 
miss the train. The usual near- 
quarrel, crossfire, follows as be 
dresses, loses collar button and is 
handed burned flapjacks for break- 
fast. 

The dialog sticks to the beaten 
trails and what appeal the act has 
other than the acceptable playing 
of the two, lies ln the familiar do- 
mestic atmosphere. It's built strict- 
ly for pop house consumption and 
as such contains the usual eallories. 

Com. 



ANNA MAY 
Songs 

7 Mins.; One 
American Roof (V.-P.) 

Anna May is robust ami blond. 
She may have come from a night 
club or cabaret. She- sings pub- 
lished numbers and knows how. 

The routine Is made up of the 
newer songs. Other vaudeville 
warblers would do well to follow 
suit. Miss May swings her body, 
injecting pep Into her style. Above 
all she clearly enunciates and that 
Is what gets lyrics across. She 
seems to get better as she goes 
along. 

A couple of ballads were cleverly 
handled and for a getaway Miss 
May surprised with a Charleston. 

The gallery bunch whistled for 
her and she was a hit on second. 

Ibee. 



RAYMOND and MARSON 
Clowning and Table Tumble 
8 Mins.; Full Stage 
Midway, Chicago (Vaude.) 

This act uses but one stunt — the 
Melrose table tumble — and it comes 
ln as the climax-closer. Personnel 
is a baggy-suited man with clown 
makeup and a pretty girl ln 
"shorts." The girl acts as aid and 
meanwhile provides some welcome 
"sex appeal." 

Kids in the house went wild over 
the act. Could play better dates. 

llaU 



TILLER 8I8TER8 
Song and Talk 
8 Mine.; One 

Midway, Chicago (Vaude.) 

A rough little sister act, but far 
from "blue." An attractive brunet 
in a green frock plays foil to a 
blonde in a not-much-of-it pink 
tulle dress. The comic draws 



KERNS and WALLETT 

Acrobats 

10 Mint.; Two 

Grand O. H. (V.-P.) 

young mixed double in interesting 
aerobatics and ground tumbling. 
They are drowsed in ' kiddie'* attire 
and have recourse to a large book 
labeled ' Our Dally l>ozen." 

Tho book is used as the Intro- 
duction to a standard routine of 
ground tumbling h^ both, some 
somersaults off a two-high table and 
chair by the boy, and one flashy 
looking body bridge by the girl 
whi'e .supported on the tops of four 
reversed table legs. 

Good opening act for the smaller 
bills. Opened here. Con. 



RYAN 8ISTER8 
Songs 

14 Mins.; One 
Fifth Ave. (V.-P.) 

Two prepossessing girls with nice- 
ly blended voices with pop songs 
doubled, except one solo comedy 
number ln which a sister wears ec- 
centric clothes for a tough num- 
ber. 

Tho girls sing four doubles, one 
going In slightly for comedy with 
mugging and dancing.* Their voices 
aro pleasing and the songs well 
suited to them. 

It's a classy little sister turn for 
the best of the vaudeville bills. 

Con. 



laughs from expressions and gags. 

Humor is of the "big gravel man 
from Littlo Rock" type.. No serious 
attempt at singing, the songa being 
turned into laughing matters by 
the blonde's imitations of her sis- 
ter's throaty sounds. 

Plenty of comedy material used 
to advantage in rating this as a 
pretty good standard act. EaL 



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R08E ALLEN and Sitter 
Piano and Songs 
14 Mint.; One 
Grand O. H. (V.-P.) 

Rose Allen is songstress of the 
team, a stereotyped "heavy" sou- 
bret The sister handles the box 
without other contributions. 

Miss Allen opens with a comedy 
song, giving It a conventional de- 
livery. A pop next and a "bluos" 
followed. A few gags were worked 
in conversationally in "introducing' 
sister. 

The high light was a closing pa- 
triotic ballad with a kind applause 
patter version that will be sure 
Are for several moons in the pop 

houses. . 

Miss Allen qualifies as a safe 
"single" for the intermediate bouses 

Con. 



HARMONATORS COLLEGIATE 
Music and Dances 
11 Mins.; Full Stage 
Vic, Chicago (V.-P.) 

Five adolescent* open playing 
xylophones — cheap xylophones — 
without tone and played too loud- 
ly. They double one youth on the 
drums, another on cornet, an- 
other handling sax and clarinet, 
another at the Ivories, while the 
fifth stays with the xylophone. 
Tin pan muslo, much noise and lit- 
tle melody or harmony. 

The boys, around 17, are school- 
boys out for a lark and will not be 
taken seriously by any bookers. 
They might pick up some dates by 
working for apples. 

A girl attempts to dance twice. 
She Is neither trained nor graceful, 
her "back kicks" being absurd and 
her simple dinky little routine be- 
ing too much for her at that. Kid 
stuff. Loop. 



CHALUE and LEA 

Instrumental 

8 Mint.; One 

Vic, Chicago (V.-P.) 

Two chappies, collegiate in ap- 
pearance, possessing likeable per- 
sonalities and enough of the "stuff" 
to presage advancement If con- 
tented with the sticks for a while. 
Right now they are not ready for 
regular time. 

Apparently they have had some 
experience, but not much. They 
end two numbers in the same man- 
ner, creeping slowly towards the 
wings. This should be changed. 
What they need principally is the 
fed. One plays a ukulele very well, 
getting off a bit of 11 Trovatore" 
to good advantage for a uke. The 
othor lad does blue blowing on 
trick things. 

The act has no present strength, 
lacks finish and finesse, but the 
boys with hard work, diligence and 
patience might get somewhere if 
they want to be troupers that bad. 

Loop. 



PALACE 

(St. Vaude) 

'Twas a hard-boiled bunch Mon- 
day night. The house wasn't full. 
The applause and laughter came 
like a mother-in-law's kisses — few, 
thin and cold. The show wasn't as 
bad as it looked against the fore- 
ground of frappe. 

It rang up late, 8.S2. after an in- 
terminable overture followed by a 
generous newsreel. Nine acts in all. 
a long intermission . and plenty of 
"topics." The house didn't even 
laugh at the silly booberles from the 
Mankato (Minn.) "Advocate- Blade" 
and from the Long Island (N. T.) 
"Local Guardian." So what chance 
did performers have to raise a 
cheer? 

J. C. Nugent and his adorable 
daughter Ruth, in "The Mealhound" 
(New Acts), went sweetly. Harry 
Holmes, with all his hoke, teased a 
few laughs and worked like a war- 
horse. The next to seek the giggles 
were Ines Williams and Dick Keene, 
and they, too, had reason to feel 
slighted, though, as the show was 
going, this nifty team came through. 

Mary Haynes, ln a hard next- to - 
last spot, with the customers sitting 
on the backs of their necks, yanked 
'em forward a bit with an easy and 
Intimate delivery of snappy, sophis- 
ticated materials. Miss Haynes Is a 
high type of the disappearing mani- 
festation which once was the rock- 
rlb of vaudeville — clever single 
women comedi